Green Electricity Customers Benefit from Agreement in PA

Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) announced that it, and 16 other parties, had reached a settlement with Pittsburgh-based Duquesne Light Company that will provide $6 million over four years for renewable energy development and conservation programs.

“This agreement finally brings the Pittsburgh area into the renewable energy market, with millions for jobs and development, as well as direct help to customers in cutting their bills,” said John Hanger, president and CEO of PennFuture, and former member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). “We gained funding for clean, renewable energy and energy conservation. This is money that will be directly invested in the Pittsburgh territory and help cut customer’s electricity usage and bills.” This agreement comes after PennFuture and the other parties filed objections before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) to the distribution and transmission rate increases requested by Duquesne Light. Through PennFuture’s series of legal cases and the organization’s advocacy within state government, Pennsylvania has increased investments and incentives for renewable energy by $188 million. “In an energy world in turmoil, where oil, gasoline, natural gas and even coal prices have increased by 100 percent to 400 percent in the last five years, Duquesne’s electricity prices are actually $11 less than they were in 1991,” said Hanger. “The distribution system rate increase granted to Duquesne in this settlement was necessary to build and expand the system to deliver electricity to customers,” continued Hanger. “And the new investments PennFuture insisted on will help to insulate customers from coal, natural gas and oil price spikes by providing clean energy, made from the sun and wind and other free fuel sources, and will also allow customers to invest in conservation technologies to cut their bills.” The Pittsburgh funding will be administered by the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA).

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