State Rep. Mike Sturla

Chairman, Democratic Policy Committee

State Rep. Tom Caltagirone


Hearing Co-chairman



Democratic Policy Committee examines Pa.’s electric reliability


HARRISBURG, Jan. 19 – The House Democratic Policy Committee heard from utility providers and consumers regarding electric reliability at a public hearing today at the state Capitol.


The hearing looked specifically at the effect weather can have on power distribution for commercial and residential customers as well as the restoration of utility services following an outage.


State Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks, requested the hearing and served as its chairman.


“In the aftermath of a storm, residents are concerned about returning to normalcy as quickly as possible,” Caltagirone said. “Today committee members learned about plans utility providers have in place to respond to power outages, and the improvements that can be made to make the process operate more smoothly when bad weather strikes.”


Sturla added, “This hearing provided the opportunity to bring the various stakeholders together to examine what strategies are working and what can be done to return power to consumers even faster in the future.”


Those testifying at the hearing included a panel of representatives from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission including: Robert Powelson, chairman, John Coleman, Jr., vice chairman, James Cawley, commissioner, Wayne Gardner, commissioner, and Pamela Witmer, commissioner; a panel of consumers, including: Gary Poltonowicz, small business owner, Linda Kauffman, residential customer, and Heather Covert, residential customer; Dave Karafa, president, Met Ed; Carl Segneri, vice president of distribution operations, PPL; and Sonny Popowsky, consumer advocate of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate.


For more information about the Policy Committee and hearing materials, visit