The news that Philadelphia Gas Works is considering a substantial rate hike this fall (see here
) has led to a number of subsequent articles and conversations.
- The Inquirer reports that state and local officials are looking into the matter and hoping to find ways to prevent or mitigate the increase. One program mentioned, as yesterday, is LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program), to which PA does not contribute. Also discussed is the utility's proposal to ship and store liquified natural gas, a buffer against price fluctuations but a concern to safety experts.
- The Daily News has two pieces on the problem:
- One looking at how heating prices have risen over the last few years and how it has or is likely to affect the poor.
- A second in the form of questions and answers about rising energy costs in general. Main advice? Weather-proof your house and prepare to bundle up...