PUC endorses SET program for natural gas affordability

In an unanimous 5-0 vote, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today set the course for a pilot program to change the way a gas utility company sets fees for residential customers’ natural gas service.

The decision affects the two-pronged Peoples Natural Gas Company LLC and Peoples Natural Gas Company LLC – Equitable Division, and Peoples TWP LLC, known collectively as Peoples Companies. The utility provides natural gas distribution, supply and transportation to approximately 700,000 western Pennsylvania customers.

Designed to increase accessibility in underserved areas, the Service Expansion Tariff (SET) endeavors to reduce financial hardships that often face potential natural gas customers. Usually, a homeowner is required to pay for the cost of extending a natural gas line up front. Under SET, property owners can allocate their resources over a longer period of time with fixed monthly fees.

"Pennsylvania sits on top of one of the largest natural gas reserves in the world," PUC Commissioner Pamela A. Witmer said. "As a result, Pennsylvania consumers and businesses should have every reasonable opportunity to take advantage of this efficient and clean-burning natural resource. [We] continue to challenge other natural gas utilities operating in underserved or unserved areas of the commonwealth to begin thinking creatively on how they, too, can bring a homegrown fuel to more Pennsylvania businesses and homeowners.”

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