COVID-19

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

How Covid-19 Has Changed The Way Americans Use Energy

Conca, a Forbes journalist specifically accounting energy topics, discusses the ways in which COVID-19 has affected energy expenditures. Overall, energy consumption has decreased 4% from the same time last year. However, Conca more deeply analyzes the effects lockdown measures have had...Read more

Philadelphia School District Moving Forward With Plans To Return Students To Classroom Before Thanksgiving

It seems my field of research (internet insecurity in Philadelphia) has led me down a path of focusing primarily on how schools are reopening.

This article discusses the plans Philadelphia has in order to get students back into school on November 17th, and their recent reaffirmation of...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

Utility shutoffs should be a rallying cry for justice

In much a continued theme throughout the pandemic, utility shutoffs threaten and have negatively impacted many families across the United States. Without any jobs or assistance to pay for high energy bills, which continue to pile on as we are inevitably forced to stay inside, many families face...Read more

New research will look at heat wave risks during pandemic

This document is part of the NCAR & UCAR Newspage. In this brief description, the author talks about ways in which NCAR and other entities are pooling together funds to conduct research into heat vulnerabilities and its intersections with risks of contracting COVID-19. That said, the brief...Read more

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

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

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

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