Philadelphia Gas Works

(Former Philadelphia DA and current mayoral candidate Lynne Abraham speaks with reporters outside the City Council president's office in City Hall.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Mayoral Candidate Lynne Abraham Urges Another Try at PGW Sale

Abraham hand-delivered a letter to City Council president Darrell Clarke asking him to reconsider scheduling a hearing and inviting the private utility, UIL, back to the table.

12/11/2014

A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia.  (File photo by Andre Bennett)

Amid City Council Inaction, PGW Bidder Declines To Extend Deal

Today was City Council’s final chance to introduce the required legislation before the PGW sale agreement expires at yearend.

11/20/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter, back to camera, testifies before the Pennsylvania PUC about the proposed sale of PGW to a private company.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Pa. PUC Builds Its Own Road Map For Future of Philadelphia Gas Works

Mayor Nutter testified that the sale of PGW is a “once-in-a-generation opportunity, with no comparable alternatives.”

11/14/2014

(Councilwoman Marian Tasco, at City Council's hearing on the future of PGW.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Sale Sidelined, Phila. City Council Opens Wider Hearing on Future of PGW

Councilwoman Marian Tasco, who also chairs the city’s Gas Commission, scolded the mayor for, in her view, excluding City Council from the bidding process.

11/13/2014

(Councilwoman Marian Tasco speaks to her colleagues about the PGW privatization deal, now dead.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilmembers Say Cancellation of PGW Deal Was Right Thing To Do

“Hang in there, because we’re going to come up with a better plan,” councilwoman Marian Tasco told her colleagues.

10/30/2014

A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia.  (File photo by Andre Bennett)

Mayor Nutter Hopes Public Outcry Will Resurrect PGW Sale Proposal

Nutter, still fuming over City Council president Darrell Clarke’s decision to scuttle the PGW sale without a public hearing, is hoping that public pressure will force City Council to reverse course.

10/28/2014

(Councilman Darrell Clarke, chairing the City Council meeting on October 23rd.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Nutter Says ‘Time Has Come’ For Phila. City Council Action on Proposed Sale of PGW

City Council president Darrell Clarke says his staff’s internal review should be concluded by next week.

10/23/2014

(A print ad placed in local newspapers by UIL Holdings, which has offered to buy PGW for nearly $2 billion.  The copy reads, 
"Philadelphia is facing an important decision.  UIL investing in Philadelphia Gas Works means a faster fix of the dangerously outdated gas lines under the city -- the second oldest system in the country.  Repairing the system means preventing catastrophic accidents.  And that means keeping families and businesses safe.")

Councilwoman Says PGW Bidder Using “Scare Tactics” To Push Sale

A print ad sponsored by UIL Holdings, the Connecticut-based firm that wants to buy PGW from the city, claims the city’s gas infrastructure is “dangerously outdated.”

09/30/2014

A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia.  (File photo by Andre Bennett)

PGW Customers Will Be Getting A Break On Gas Bills

PGW says gas rates will dip about 7% for residential heating customers between now and November 30th because of the lower price the utility is paying for natural gas.

09/03/2014

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PGW Drops Natural Gas Rates For Fall

By Jim Donovan: Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) today announced that natural gas rates will decrease this fall for PGW’s residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers. The rate for residential customers, for instance, will be adjusted […]

09/02/2014

(The July 21, 2014 meeting of the PICA board.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

With Misgivings, State Overseers OK Philadelphia’s Five-Year Budget

The head of the PICA board told the mayor’s finance director that he’d like to see the city do more belt-tightening in order to start a rainy day fund.

07/21/2014

(Councilmen Wilson Goode, left, and Bill Greenlee confer as City Council receives a briefing in the Council caucus room from the consulting firm it hired to evaluate the PGW sale.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. City Council Set For Summer Recess With PGW Deal On Hold

Much to Mayor Nutter’s chagrin, his controversial plan to sell the Philadelphia Gas Works will not be introduced before City Council adjourns for the summer season.

06/19/2014

(Activists gather outside City Council offices in Philadelphia City Hall to present petitions objecting to the sale of PGW.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Group Says 1,000+ Signed Petition Against Privatization of PGW

Mayor Nutter wants to sell the city-owned utility to a Connecticut firm called UIL for $1.86 billion.

05/27/2014

(Kevin Rowley, a technician with Performance Systems Development, a PGW contractor, explains findings of tests of air infiltration to homeowner Anuj Gupta.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

PGW Offering Rebates For Home Energy Improvements

The Philadelphia Gas Works is launching an effort to get homeowners to do home energy audits in exchange for rebates for improving the home’s energy efficiency.

04/02/2014

(Credit: Mike Dunn)

Unions Disrupt Traffic But Not Mayor Nutter As Contract Battles Drag On

Members of labor unions representing various groups of Philadelphia municipal workers marched around City Hall both before and after Mayor Nutter’s budget address, to push their concerns.

03/06/2014

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