PennFuture Wins Major Victory before Public Utility Commission Energy efficiency programs benefitting families and businesses upheld by 5 – 0 vote Business Wire PITTSBURGH -- December 07, 2012 Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) won a major victory for Pennsylvania’s families and businesses with a 5 – 0 vote by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) to deny requests by PECO and FirstEnergy to lower their investments in energy efficiency programs. This decision means Pennsylvanians throughout the state will be able to save energy and reduce their electricity bills by using programs mandated by the PUC. “This is a resounding victory,” said George Jugovic Jr., PennFuture’s president and CEO. “PennFuture played a key role getting this law passed but it would have withered on the vine if the two energy giants opposing us – PECO and FirstEnergy – had gotten their way. They wanted to stamp out the new round of energy savings goals set by the Public Utility Commission, but we stood against them to ensure energy savings would be preserved for electric consumers. “The two PennFuture staff members who led our efforts – Courtney Lane, our senior energy policy analyst, and our staff attorney Heather Langeland – are truly Jill the Giant Killers,” continued Jugovic. “Their indefatigable advocacy and outstanding expertise allowed us to receive this early holiday present for the people of Pennsylvania. Our families and businesses will have lower bills and more efficient homes and businesses, our electricity grid will be more secure, air and water pollution will decrease, and all Pennsylvanians will have more reliable electricity service. “I am proud and honored to lead the amazing PennFuture staffers, who create victories for Pennsylvania’s environment and economy every day,” said Jugovic. “We continue to move forward, representing ordinary citizens before courts and regulatory bodies, in Harrisburg and across the Commonwealth, and in the court of public opinion.” The landmark Energy Savings Law has been in effect for three years, creating utility programs available to all electricity customers to eliminate waste, reduce energy use, and give customers lower bills. Pennsylvania customers save approximately $278 million annually, and the state’s electric load was reduced by 3,535 gigawatt hours. Based on this success and at the urging of PennFuture, the PUC voted on August 2 of this year to extend the programs thorough May 2016. PECO and FirstEnergy (representing its companies Med-Ed, Penelec, PennPower, and West Penn) filed petitions before the PUC to reduce their Phase II programs; PECO also attempted to exclude portions of PennFuture’s testimony demonstrating the clear benefits of the programs. Both companies were unsuccessful in their demands. PennFuture worked with the Office of Consumer Advocate, the Sierra Club/Clean Air Council in defending the Phase II requirements. Other organizations, utilities, and utility user groups also intervened in both the PECO and FirstEnergy matters. PennFuture is a statewide public interest membership organization, founded in 1998. PennFuture’s activities include litigating cases before regulatory bodies and in local, state, and federal courts; advocating and advancing legislative action on a state and federal level; public education; and assisting citizens in public advocacy. PennFuture has staff throughout the state, in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Wilkes-Barre. The Philadelphia Inquirer called PennFuture the “state’s leading environmental advocacy organization;” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette named the organization “one of the 10 most influential groups on the issue of natural gas drilling;” and StateImpact Pennsylvania, an online collaboration of NPR stations across the state, called PennFuture “the commonwealth’s main environmental advocate.” Contact: Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future Jeanne Clark, 412-736-6092 email@example.com www.pennfuture.org
PennFuture Wins Major Victory before Public Utility Commission
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