Pennsylvania Senate Okays New PUC Commissioner
The Pennsylvania Senate voted last week to confirm Chester, PA
Mayor Aaron Wilson Jr. to the state Public Utility Commission
replacing Commissioner John Hanger and effectively ending that
state's leadership toward substantive electric and natural gas
deregulation. Only a handful of senators opposed the nomination.
Hanger, whose term ran out April 1, had been the main force in
crafting and implementing legislation to deregulate the electric
and communications industry. He also led the 3-2 PUC vote rejecting
the restructuring plan of Peco Energy and substituting a more
consumer-friendly one in its place. Wilson, a retired educator, had
supported Peco in the restructuring battle. His city of Chester has
been in negotiations with Peco over an extensive land tract the
company owns there.
Hanger said "Gov. Ridge fired me because I am independent and
because I have led the charge to replace electric, telephone and
gas monopolies with genuine competition." The Pennsylvania
legislature is expected to consider gas deregulation for the state
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