PUC Approves Long-Term Infrastructure Improvement Plan and Distribution System Improvement Charges for Duquesne Light

April 20, 2017

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today approved the petitions of Duquesne Light Co., to accelerate the repair, improvement and replacement of gaining infrastructure and to implement distribution system improvement charges (DSICs).

The Commission voted 5-0 to approve a joint settlement approving Duquesne Light’s petitions, which were filed pursuant to Act 11 of 2012 (Act 11). The settlement was reached among the company, the PUC’s independent Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement, and the state’s Office of Consumer Advocate.  Act 11 requires and provides for utilities to file Long-Term Infrastructure Improvement Plans (LTIIPs) as part of any action to establish a DSIC to recover reasonable and prudent costs incurred to repair, improve or replace certain eligible distribution property that is part of a utility’s distribution system

The Commission-approved LTIIP for Duquesne includes an anticipated spending increase of approximately $212 million from 2017 through 2022 for infrastructure investments.  Duquesne’s LTIIP is a six-year plan providing accelerated infrastructure improvements in order to enhance system resiliency and reliability on aging infrastructure.  Duquesne provides service to 588,000 customers in Allegheny and Beaver counties.

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Docket Nos.P-2016-2540046 and P-2016-2540046



Denise McCracken

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