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PJM Leaning on More NatGas-Fired Power to Meet Winter Electricity Demand

By: Jamison Cocklin | With a colder winter expected in its service territory, PJM Interconnection said Wednesday its members are ready with “sufficient resources” to meet this year’s forecasted peak electricity demand of 135,526 MW. A weak La Nina weather pattern anchored in the tropical Pacific is expected to create a warmer-than-normal winter, but it’s … Read more

Construction Underway on New FirstEnergy Transmission Line in Western Pennsylvania

By: FirstEnergy | FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) and its subsidiaries are rebuilding and modernizing an electric transmission line to enhance service reliability for West Penn Power and Penn Power customers in Butler and Mercer counties. When completed later this year, the upgraded line will reinforce the local electric system and use smart technologies to help … Read more

West Penn Projects Aim to Reduce Number and Duration of Power Outages

By: Frances Borsodi Zajac | West Penn Power is completing work on power line and substation projects, part of a program to reduce the number and duration of power outages for its 720,000 customers. Valued at $21 million, the work involves enhanced protective devices on wires and poles, rebuilding electric lines, including replacing damaged insulators, … Read more

Electric Capacity Markets Are Failing the Northeast

By: Bill Bottiggi | This week, Boston welcomes the Quadrennial Energy Review roadshow to town for a stakeholder engagement meeting. The QER process began in January 2014 when President Obama issued a memorandum directing the administration to translate energy-related policy goals into recommended actions through 2018. Season one of the QER, which ran in 2015, … Read more

Electric utilities plan to spend millions to reduce sales

By: Daniel Moore | Electric utilities around Pittsburgh are planning to spend millions of dollars over the next five years to convince their customers to use less of their product. While it may seem counter-intuitive, utilities have been required since 2008 by state law to reduce the amount of power delivered through their wires by … Read more

PPL’s base electricity rate to decline 17 percent in December

By: Scott Kraus| Residential customers who purchase power directly from PPL Electric Utilities rather than shopping for a competitive supplier, will see a 17 percent decrease in the portion of their bill that reflects generation costs in December. The generation rate for residential customers will be reset to 7.878 cents per kilowatt hour, down from … Read more

PECO Can Pass Some Pipe Upgrade Costs to Customers

By: Jamison Cocklin | The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has approved Philadelphia-based PECO Energy Co.’s plan to implement a distribution system improvement charge (DSIC) so that it can pass some of the cost to upgrade its outdated and at-risk natural gas pipelines on to its customers. PECO’s long-term infrastructure improvement plan (LTIIP) was approved … Read more

PJM auction sees power prices soar under new reliability rules

By: Jeffrey Tomich | Millions of electricity users throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest will pay $3.4 billion more to keep the lights on in extreme conditions three years from now following an auction run by the operator of the nation’s largest electric grid to ensure reliability. Results of PJM Interconnection’s annual capacity auction for 2018-19 … Read more