The Utility Emergency Services Fund is a 30-year-old program to help families pay off utility bills and keep the lights on.
The Public Utility Commission has scheduled a pair of hearings later this month in the suburbs to discuss the response to massive power outages caused by the ice storm last month.
With another winter storm in the works, all eyes are on the roads, mass transit and the public utilities.
Only CBS 3 cameras were there as top PECO officials and emergency managers from four Pennsylvania counties and Philadelphia met behind closed doors to discuss response to power problems during the recent ice storm.
Gemma Pomilio from the 500 block of Hermit Street in Philadelphia’s Roxborough neighborhood is not alone. Her neighbors spent the day cleaning up and wondering what went wrong.
On the heels of historic ice storm that left many homeowners without power for nearly a week, Thursday’s storm is knocking out power for many customers in region.
(** UPDATED **) — The latest, and largest, snowstorm of the current winter season played havoc with transportation and electric service in and around the Delaware Valley.
Delaware County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle says extra staffers are being brought in to handle an anticipated crush of emergency calls at the 911 Center.
PECO is hoping to have all power restored by the end of Tuesday. As of Tuesday morning, a little under 2,000 remained without power.
Peco electrical crews are bracing for another winter whammy on Thursday. It is unclear whether workers will be available from other jurisdictions if needed.
Frustration among Delaware Valley area power consumers is high, particularly among those who were without power for days in freezing temperatures.
After an event like the ice storm, you might wonder, why are power lines on top of utility poles where they’re so vulnerable to falling tree limbs?
Now, attention is shifting to our next winter storm.
“It’s a slow process,” notes Lower Makefield police chief Kenneth Coluzzi. “We still have a little over a hundred residents out of power.”
Many locations in the Greater Philadelphia area are still facing power outages after Wednesday’s storm.