Household heating costs are expected to be lower than previous two winters

Most U.S. households can expect lower heating expenditures this winter (October through March) compared with the past two winters. In most regions, the decline in expenditures is attributed to the combination of warmer weather and lower fuel prices. According to EIA’s Winter Fuels Outlook, average household expenditures for homes heating primarily with natural gas will total $578 this winter, a $64 decline from last winter’s average. (read more)

Pashinski: Home heating assistance program now available

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne) on Nov. 5 announced that residents can now apply for Pennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP is a federally funded program that provides grants to eligible people and families to help cover the costs of heating bills. Assistance is available through cash grants, which help with home heating bills, and crisis grants, which aid in emergency situations such as a broken furnace or lack of fuel. (read more)

PPL Electric Utilities posts updated price to compare

PPL says it’s important to note that: ■ Customers do not have to pay the price to compare. ■ They can get a cheaper price by shopping for their energy supply. ■ Other suppliers may offer better prices. ■ The price to compare will be posted one month in advance, to help customers make decisions about shopping. PPL Electric Utilities has posted its price to compare for customers who rely on the utility to purchase electric supply on their behalf. (read more)

Lackawaxen River Conservancy to host public information meeting on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Nov. 17

The Lackawaxen River Conservancy, together with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Energy Justice Network and other groups, will host a public information meeting on the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) application for another new pipeline in Pike County, called the “Orion Project.” The meeting will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m., at the Lackawaxen Township Volunteer Fire Department (Rte. 590, near the Zane Grey Bridge). The public is encouraged to attend. (read more)

U.S. Chamber files lawsuit challenging Clean Power Plan

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, joined by over a dozen business groups, on Oct. 26 filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act — an unprecedented takeover of the electricity sector. Because the rule is already causing irreparable harm to businesses and communities across the country, the U.S. Chamber also asked the D.C. Circuit to stay implementation of the rule until judicial review has been completed. (read more)

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