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Highlights: PA PUC Public Session of February 16, 2012

Note: Audio from each public meeting is available on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s website for approximately six months.  To access the audio stream for this public meeting, please visit http://www.puc.state.pa.us/general/PMAudio.aspx.  The public meeting calendar and agendas may be viewed at http://www.puc.state.pa.us/general/public_meeting.aspx.

          At the February 16, 2012, Public Meeting of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (“Commission”), the Commissioners adopted Staff’s recommendations for action by a vote of 5-0 on all items listed on the Main Agenda and Carry-In Agenda, except as reflected herein below under the respective Commission agenda headings.  Review of particular items addressed by the Commissioners at this Public Meeting which may be of interest are addressed under the respective Commission agenda headings below.  Any relevant motions and statements are attached hereto and to the original of this Session Memo filed in the Public Meeting Agenda and Session Memo binder.  The next regular Public Meeting is tentatively scheduled for March 1 at 10:00 a.m.  The minutes of the Public Meeting of January 12, 2012, were, by a vote of 5-0, approved without modification.

MAIN AGENDA

BUREAU OF TECHNICAL SERVICES & BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION & ENFORCEMENT (Transportation)

  • All matters approved as submitted.

BUREAU OF AUDITS

  • All matters approved as submitted.

 

BUREAU OF CONSUMER SERVICES

  • Met-Ed, Penelec, and Penn Power, 2231038-BCS, M-2011-2231038.  Universal Service and Energy Conservation Plans for 2012-2014 filed on 2/28/11 and amended Plans filed on 8/26/11 in accordance with the Commission’s regulations at 52 Pa. Code §§54.71-78. RECOMMENDATION:  That the Commission adopt the proposed Final Order, which approves the First Energy Companies’ Plans.  The matter has been postponed to the 03/01/12 Public Meeting. 

OFFICE OF SPECIAL ASSISTANTS

  • Mercylife Ambulance Inc., 2191735-OSA, A-2010-2191735.  Application filed on 5/11/10, for certain paratransit authority. Notice was published in the PA Bulletin on 8/14/10. Timely Protests were filed by: (1) Krapf's Coaches; (2) Centronia Ambulance Corps; (3) Joint Protestants including Suburban Transit Network, Willow Grove Yellow Cab, Norristown Transportation Co. and Tri County Transit; and (4) MCT Transportation. On 6/10/11, Suburban Transit filed a restrictive amendment. On the basis of the amendment, Krapf and Centronia withdrew their Protests. Protestant MCT also agreed to the amendment. On 8/3/11, the Application was referred to the Bureau of Technical Utility Services for resolution. By Order of 12/1/11, MercyLife was granted certain paratransit rights only in the city and county of Philadelphia. On 12/12/11, MercyLife filed the instant Petition for Reconsideration of the 12/1/11 Order.  RECOMMENDATION:  That the Commission adopt the proposed Opinion and Order which grants the petition and modifies the Order entered 12/1/11 to reflect the correct authority.  Vote 5-0.
  • Enerpenn USA LLC d/b/a Yep & Yep Energy, 2248532-OSA, A-2011-2248532.  Order entered on 11/14/11, granting the Application subject to certain conditions. On 11/29/11, EnerPenn filed a Petition for Reconsideration of the Commission’s Opinion and Order. On 12/1/11, the Commission entered an Order granting the Petition pending further review of, and consideration on, the merits.  RECOMMENDATION:  That the Commission adopt the proposed Opinion and Order.  The matter has been postponed to the 03/01/12 Public Meeting. 

BUREAU OF TECHNICAL UTILTIY SERVICES

  • Little Washington Wastewater d/b/a Suburban Wastewater, 2269086-FUS, A-2011-2269086.  Application filed 10/24/11, for approval to begin to offer, render, furnish and provide wastewater service to the public in a portion of Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County.  Proofs of publication and service to the appropriate entities were submitted. No protests were filed and no hearings were held.  RECOMMENDATION:  The Commission adopt the proposed Order that approves the application.  Vote 5-0.
  • Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., 2272163-FUS, A-2011-2272163.  Application filed on 11/8/11 for: (1) the acquisition by Aqua of the water system assets of Mifflin Township Water Authority situated in a portion of Mifflin Township, Columbia County, and (2) the right of Aqua to begin to offer, render, furnish and supply water service to the public in a portion of Mifflin Township, Columbia County. Proofs of publication and service to the appropriate entities were submitted.  No protests were filed and no hearings were held.  RECOMMENDATION:  The Commission adopt the proposed Order that approves the application.  Vote 5-0.
  • Aqua Pa & Total Environmental Solutions, and Little Washington Wastewtr d/b/a Suburban Wastewtr & Total Environmental Solutions, 2276845-FUS, A-2011-2276845, A-2011-2276847, A-2011-2276856, A-2011-2276857.  Joint Applications filed on12/1/11, regarding water and wastewater services in Luzerne County. Proofs of publication and service to appropriate entities were submitted. No protests were filed and no hearings were held.  RECOMMENDATION:  The Commission adopt the proposed Order which approves the joint applications.  Vote 5-0.

LAW BUREAU

  • All matters approved as submitted.

OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE

  • Daniel Smith vs. Verizon Pennsylvania, 2243681-ALJ, C-2011-2243681The matter was postponed from the 01/27/2012 Public Meeting.  Complaint filed on 5/27/11, alleging that VZ employees agreed to relocate its facilities, but failed to do so in a timely fashion. VZ filed an Answer with New Matter on 8/4/11. The Answer contended that VZ’s failure to complete the work was the result of an inadvertent error. A hearing was held on 10/4/11.  COMMISSION REVIEW:  That the Commission adopt ALJ Salapa’s Initial Decision sustaining the complaint and directing Verizon to pay a $500 civil penalty.  Vice Chairman Coleman’s Motion is attached.  Vote 5-0.

CARRY-IN AGENDA

BUREAU OF TECHNICAL UTILITY SERVICES (TRANSPORTATION)

  • All matters approved as submitted.

LAW BUREAU

  • Act 127-Gas & Hazardous Liquids Pipeline Act, 2282031-LAW, M-2012-2282031.  Gov. Corbett signed on 12/11/11, the Gas & Hazardous Liquids Pipelines Act, Act 127 of 2011.  Act provides authority to Commission to enforce Federal pipeline safety laws as they relate to non-public utility gas and hazardous liquids pipeline equipment and facilities with PA. Act enables Commission to fund an increase in its complement of pipeline safety inspectors by assessments to be paid by PA pipeline operators.  RECOMMENDATION:  That the Commission adopt the Final Order.  Vote 5-0.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Chairman Powelson provided comments regarding the Governor’s recent budget address and statements made about energy and utility job creation.
  • The Black History Month Luncheon will be held this afternoon.

NEXT PUBLIC MEETING IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012 AT 10:00 A.M.

* Denotes Order

 

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