Warren announces PUC hearing in Newtown on proposed PECO rate increase

HARRISBURG, June 4 – State Rep. Perry Warren announced today that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission will hold a hearing in Newtown on a proposed rate increase request from PECO Energy Company.

The PUC hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Bucks County Community College. It is one of five hearings being held regarding the proposed rate increase.

“Our communities experienced substantial power outages in March from winter storms Riley and Quinn. In light of that, I requested that one of the public hearings on the proposed rate increase be in my legislative district, so that residents have a chance to weigh in and ask questions,” said Warren, D-Bucks.

Warren also requested that the Pennsylvania Office of the Consumer Advocate, which is representing the interests of consumers in the case, review any improvements that could help mitigate or reduce the likelihood, frequency and duration of any future power outages.

“PECO reported that the power outages during and following winter storms Riley and Quinn exceeded the number of outages in 2012 caused by Hurricane Sandy. I hope that through this process we are able to work with PECO to find solutions and ensure we are watching out for residents’ best interests,” Warren said.

Warren represents the 31st Legislative District, consisting of Lower Makefield Township, Morrisville Borough Wards 1, 2, and 3, Newtown Borough, Newtown Township and Yardley Borough.