Thursday, June 13, 2013

Senate Passes SB 738 for Extension and Expansion Plans of Natural Gas Services

On June 13, 2013, Senate Bill 738 passed in the Pennsylvania Senate. SB 738 provides the framework for natural gas distributors to submit service expansion and extension plans to the Public Utility Commission. The bill would increase access to existing pipelines by allowing distributors to include a customer contribution plan alongside the service expansion/extension requests that would be independently evaluated by the PUC. Sen. Gene Yaw introduced the bill to provide a low cost energy source for un- and under-served portions of the state, while simultaneously increasing access to natural gas statewide. SB 738 has been sent to the House of Representatives for discussion.

Alongside SB 738, the Senate also passed SB 739, which would approved a $10 million allocation of funds to provide grants for schools, hospitals and small businesses to obtain access to natural gas.

For more information on SB 738 and 739, visit the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s website.

Written by: Garrett Lent, Research Assistant
Agricultural Law Resource  and Reference Center
June 2013

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