It appears the state’s biggest basic landline provider will soon be able to set its own prices for local exchange service without approval of state regulators.
The cost is the same as their traditional service, which starts at a base fare of $7 with a minimum trip of $12. There are caravans equipped with ramps, Mercedes Sprinters, and — for a base fare of $14 and a $25 minimum cost — big Ford minibuses.
The Public Utility Commission says PECO and other power utilities should have done a better job.
Mayor Nutter is taking issue with the Council President’s view of how officials will deal with his controversial plan to sell PGW.
They were looking to save money on utilities, but instead their electric bills went through the roof. 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan was the first to shed light on electricity price spikes that took consumers by surprise this winter and now tells about changes finalized today that will help consumers avoid shocking bills in the future.
Increases in the wholesale market price for energy are causing some rates to double and triple.
The purpose of the investigation is not to point the finger, but to see if any improvements can be made predicting or handling power outages.
Utility regulators voted on Thursday to fine Pennsylvania’s largest gas utility $500,000 for a 2011 natural gas explosion that killed five people in Allentown and called the company’s safety record “downright alarming.”
Power industry officials say they have installed new technology aimed at combating the danger of overheating linked to new electric meters in homes served by PECO.
Including both business and residential customers, about 9.4 percent of PECO customers have switched suppliers; representing about 40 percent of the utility’s load.
State regulators have approved a base rate increase for PGW that is much lower than what the city-owned gas utility requested.