COVID-19

PUC Prohibits Utility Terminations, Consistent with Governor’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency

On March 13th, 2020, the Pennsylvania Utility Commission put out this press release which informed readers that Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille signed an emergency order prohibiting electric, natural gas, water, wastewater, telecommunication and...Read more

Calling the Seven Major Pennsylvania Electric Companies' Act 129 Representitive

I left a voicemail for PECO's PPL's, and Kent Hatt of First Energy. The representative for Duqesnse's phone would not ring and Ed Miller's mailbox was full. As of April 19th, I have yet to hear back from any of them.Read more
PUC Urges Financially Stressed Consumers to Work with Utilities to Explore Options; Thanks Utilities for Safeguarding Essential Services; Encourages Conservation and Community Support

This press release came out on March 27th, 2019 form the Pennsylvania Utility Commission. This press release urged customers to seek out any financial assistance programs to make their bills affordable whether it be due to COVID-19 or some other financial burden.
They then offer the...Read more

A Pandemic and Surging Summer Heat Leave Thousands Struggling to Pay Utility Bills

This article is particularly relevant to investigations on energy vulnerability, but also particularly relevant to predictions of compounded vulnerabilities made by the research group before the first round of interviews. For example, one of the people interviewed said she was forced to shut her...Read more

Calling the Seven Major Pennsylvania Electric Companies' About COVID -19 Response

Calls: On April 9th, I called PECO's customer service line to ask a few questions pertaining to their response to COVID-19. After calling, I was told that nobody in the office could help me, but they gave me an email address. After sending an email with my questions and leaving my phone number,...Read more

Analysis and Concerns

As of March 29th, 2019, all seven electric distribution companies have promised to suspend shutoffs and bill late payments. While certainly a step in the right direction, there is no doubt that electricity usage will surge due to everyone staying at home. On the other hand, total electricity usage...Read more
PECO Extending Customer Support to Ensure All Residents Have Safe and Reliable Service During this Critical Time

On March 23rd, 2020, PECO released this press release. In it, they acknowledged that Governor Tom Wolf's order for all non-essential businesses to close will result in more people staying home. They stated that they will be working "with customers who have had their service disconnected to...Read more

Is the US electric grid ready for changes brought on by coronavirus pandemic?

This article discusses the impacts the stay at home orders will have on the energy grid in this country.Read more

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