The PUC has jurisdiction over 11 electric distribution companies which serve the majority of the Commonwealth. Rural electric cooperatives and most utilities owned and operated by cities, boroughs or townships are not regulated by the Commission. For information on these, contact the electric co-op, Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association (www.prea.com), or your local municipality.
The PUC’s Cyber Team, created in 2012, is comprised of staff from the Office of the Executive Director, the Bureau of Audits, the Office of Management Information Systems, the Bureau of Technical Utility Services, the Law Bureau and the Office of Communications. The team meets bi-weekly or as necessary and provides recommendations to Commissioners for cybersecurity-related initiatives such as training, communications, etc.
Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small & Medium Pennsylvania Utilities - Second Edition, October 2015. The guide outlines red flags to look for and ways to prevent identity or property theft; how to manage vendors and contractors who may have access to a company’s data; what to know about anti-virus software and much more.
On Oct. 1, 2015, the PUC united state and federal government agencies, utility companies and law enforcement to highlight National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the collaborative work being done to protect Pennsylvania’s critical infrastructure. Event participants included the PUC, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Pennsylvania Office of Administration, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security, the South Central PA Task Force, UGI Utilities Inc., Pennsylvania American Water, Verizon Pennsylvania and PPL Electric Utilities. Press Conference Video
Gov. Tom Wolf proclaimed October 2015 Cybersecurity Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.
EDC Service Outage Response Reports
Winter Storm Nika Report - The February 2014 ice storm (Nika) had a significant impact on Pennsylvania and its electric distribution companies (EDCs). The number and duration of Nika-related outages warranted a review of the EDCs’ preparation and response by the PUC’s Bureau of Technical Utility Services (TUS). This review is based on a combination of the utilities’ reports required by Commission regulations, telephonic and email conversations with the EDCs throughout the restoration period, and information from subsequent meetings and communications with EDCs and other stakeholders. This includes two after-action review meetings held by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and three public input sessions conducted by the PUC.
Hurricane Sandy Report – The number and duration of Sandy-related outages warranted a review of the EDCs’ preparation and response by the PUC. The review is based on the utilities’ reports required by Commission regulations, telephonic and email conversations with the EDCs throughout the restoration period, and information from subsequent meetings and communications with EDCs and other stakeholders. Recommendations for further action by the Commission and EDCs are included.
Executive Summary - Pennsylvania’s electric distribution companies (EDCs) were affected by several strong storm systems of varying meteorological circumstances in 2011. All jurisdictional EDCs except one had at least one PUC reportable outage event in 2011. Released August 7, 2012.
To address these concerns, the Commission staff was tasked with preparing the following three reports:
Hurricane Irene Report
Summary Report of EDCs’ Handling of High-Call Volumes and Analysis of Storm and Severe Weather Data
Summary Report of Outage Information Required by Nov. 11, 2011 Order at Docket No. I-2011-2271989
EPA Proposed Regulations Under Clean Air Act (CAA) Section 111(d)
On June 18, 2014, the EPA proposed new regulations governing greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants for the states. The EPA’s proposed CAA Section 111 (d) regulations represent a far-reaching first step in controlling GHG emissions on a national basis. The EPA’s framework is intended to maximize compliance flexibility by presenting the states with a range of options for achieving compliance. EPA’s proposed building block approach allows the states to choose the compliance mechanism that best suits existing and proposed generation mix, renewable/energy efficiency/DR programs and single or multi-state compliance options.
The PA Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) will be the responsible party to administer PA’s compliance program. The PUC will be involved in assisting PADEP in designing that compliance program to ensure there are no adverse impacts to the reliability of electric service.
On December 1, 2014, the Commission filed comments on the CAA 111(d) proposed regulations.
Orders and Secretarial Letters
PPL Northeast Pocono Transmission Line Project
Consolidated Case View - Review the case and all its documents at Docket No. A-2012-2340872. Transmission Line Fact Sheet
Delayed Billing Issues
Secretarial Letter with information for electric generation suppliers (EDSs) who have failed to timely submit customer billing data to electric distribution companies (EDCs). Docket No. M-00021604. Dated April 3, 2002.