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Highlights: PA PUC Public Session of April 12, 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 April 12, 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 April 26 at 10:00 a.m.  The minutes of the Public Meeting of March 15, 2012, were, by a vote of 5-0, approved without modification.

MAIN AGENDA

BUREAU OF TECHNICAL UTILITY SERVICES (Transportation)

  • All matters approved as submitted.

BUREAU OF AUDITS

  • All matters approved as submitted.

OFFICE OF SPECIAL ASSISTANTS

  • Gerald S Lepre Jr Vs Equitable Gas Company, 2189362-OSA, C-2010-2189362.  Formal Complaint filed on 7/19/10, alleging, inter alia, improper billing. On 8/6/10, the Respondent filed a Certificate of Satisfaction which stated that the Parties had settled all matters. On 8/12/10, the Complainant filed an Objection to the Certificate. A hearing was held. In his Initial Decision, issued on 3/18/11, ALJ Johnson recommended that the Complaint be dismissed as satisfied. Exceptions and Replies were filed. In an Order entered on 8/12/11, we, inter alia: (1) granted the Complainant's Exceptions, in part; and (2) modified the Initial Decision. On 11/10/11, the Complainant filed a Petition for Reconsideration of that Order, alleging that he had not received a copy. We treated Complainant's Petition as a Motion for Time Extension, which we granted. The Complainant filed a "Motion for Reconsideration" (Petition) on 2/10/12. The Respondent filed an Answer thereto.  RECOMMENDATION:  That the Commission adopt the proposed Opinion and Order, which denies the Petition.  Vote 5-0.
  • Consolidated Communications Enterprise Services vs. Omnipoint Communications Inc. d/b/a T-Mobile et al., 2210014-OSA, C-2010-2210014.  Opinion and Order entered on 3/15/12 that, inter alia, denied T-Mobile's Preliminary Objections to a Formal Complaint filed by CCES asking the Commission to determine the appropriate intercarrier compensation rate for the termination of T-Mobile's intra-MTA traffic by CCES. On 3/30/12, T-Mobile filed a Petition for Reconsideration; and, in the alternative, a Motion for Certification of Interlocutory Order for Immediate Appeal.  RECOMMENDATION:  That the Commission adopt the proposed Opinion and Order that grants reconsideration pending further review of the merits of the Petition; and, denies the late-filed Motion.  Vote 5-0.

BUREAU OF TECHNICAL UTILTIY SERVICES

  • National Fuel Gas Distribution, 2271125-FUS, R-2011-2271125Supplement No. 121 to Tariff Gas – Pa. P.U.C. No. 9 filed on 11/3/11, proposing a number of revisions and updates to various sections of the tariff. Supplement No. 121 was originally filed to become effective on 1/2/12. However, NFG filed subsequent tariff supplements to voluntarily postpone the effective date of Supplement No. 121 to 3/14/12, 3/16/12, 3/30/12, and 4/13/12.  RECOMMENDATION:  That the Commission adopt the proposed Order approving Tariff Gas – Pa. P.U.C. No. 9.  Commissioner Cawley’s Statement, with which Chairman Powelson associates, is attached.  Vote 5-0. 

LAW BUREAU

  • All matters approved as submitted.

OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE

  • All matters approved as submitted.

CARRY-IN AGENDA

BUREAU OF AUDITS

  • All matters approved as submitted.

BUREAU OF TECHNICAL UTILITY SERVICES

  • All matters approved as submitted.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Commissioner Witmer and Chairman Powelson made a Joint Statement (attached) commending the launch of the federal “Green Button” initiative and urging Pennsylvania electric utilities to participate.
  • Vice Chairman Coleman recognized and read portions of Governor Corbett’s recent Proclamation regarding safe digging and PA One Call (8-1-1).

NEXT PUBLIC MEETING IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012 AT 10:00 A.M.

* Denotes Order

 

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