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Rep. Haddock calls on PUC to reject proposed PPL settlement

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Cassie Miller, Pennsylvania Capital-Star
December 20, 2023

A northeastern Pennsylvania lawmaker is calling on the state agency overseeing utility companies across the Commonwealth to reject a proposed million-dollar settlement with electricity distributor PPL. 

In a Dec. 15 letter to Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) Chairperson Stephen DeFrank, state Rep. Jim Haddock (D-Luzerne) urged PUC leaders to reject a proposed settlement with PPL Electric Utilities Corporation after billing issues, affecting 860,000 bills, sparked an investigation by the PUC in late January. 

Haddock said he heard from concerned constituents affected by the issue who contacted the lawmaker out of desperation when they couldn’t reach a representative at the utility company. 

“Starting on January 16th of this year, my district office was overwhelmed with phone calls from constituents regarding their unusually high PPL bills,” Haddock wrote. “Many stated it was an unexpected financial hardship, and they were not able to get through to PPL by phone to address their serious concerns.” 

Seeking answers, Haddock said he also tried to contact the utility company but “weeks went by” before he received a response. 

As a result, Haddock said he believes PPL customers in Pennsylvania “deserve a more thorough resolution” and called on the PUC to open the proposed settlement up for public comment.

“I believe the PUC Board of Commissioners should summarily reject this proposed settlement and send it back to allow for public input,” Haddock concluded.  

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