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STATE AWARDS $2 MILLION FOR INVESTMENT IN SOLAR AT PGW PASSYUNK SITE

Onsite Electricity Source Would Combine Natural Gas with Solar; Potentially Delivering Significant Cost Savings and Environmental Benefits

PHILADELPHIA (August 15, 2019) – PEC LLC, the entity selected as PGW’s P3 partner to build new liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure and to sell LNG to regional customers from PGW’s Passyunk LNG facility, has been selected for a grant of $2 million from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) to install solar photovoltaic equipment at the South Philadelphia LNG plant. The potential solar energy savings could reduce energy costs at the facility and increase the return on investment of the sale of LNG from the site, increasing revenue. 

Solar panels, or photovoltaic panels, are designed to collect sunlight and turn it into energy. Less reliance on the electric power grid ensures a safe, robust and redundant operational capability for the city. 

“PGW is uniquely positioned as a leader in Philadelphia’s energy innovation space. Our customers and our city benefit from efforts like these that explore how our resources can respond to the needs of today’s consumers. Consumers want affordable, accessible and environmentally responsible energy service,” said Ray Snyder, PGW Senior Vice President of Gas Management. “We look forward to working with PEC to explore the possibility of solar at Passyunk.”

PEC’s proposed solar installation will be the second solar project considered for the PGW Passyunk location. Earlier this year PGW received approval to move ahead with the installation of a 150 KW solar array at Passyunk to offset electricity being used annually by the existing plant. Both efforts are demonstrations of PGW’s continuing leadership of ensuring energy access to all of Philadelphia that is innovative, affordable, energy efficient and sustainable.

“As the Chair of the Philadelphia Gas Commission, I am encouraged by support from the Commonwealth for another solar installation at this location,” said Philadelphia At-Large Councilmember Derek Green. “This proposed solar project would be another win for PGW and ratepayers by providing another way to save money, while also promoting sustainable, affordable energy.”

After City approval this past June, PEC is moving forward with its plans to build new liquefaction and truck loading facilities at the location and will market and sell LNG, while PGW will operate the LNG facilities and sell related services to PEC. The new facilities will occupy a limited footprint entirely within PGW’s existing Passyunk Plant.

PASSYUNK P3 PROJECT OVERVIEW

Project Costs

  • PEC is responsible for all costs in developing the new facilities at PGW’s Passyunk Plant.
  • As submitted, the P3 is structured with no cost impact on PGW ratepayers.

Revenue & Value

  • This project offers the potential for more than $4 million in additional revenue for PGW, each year for 25 years.
  • The project also represents an improved utilization of PGW’s existing LNG infrastructure, which will further increase the value of this city-owned asset.

Environmental Considerations

  • No new pipeline is required for this P3 project.
  • Air emissions from this project will be minimal and fall significantly below minimum permitting limits.
  • The project will require no new water supplies and no new sewer connections.
  • Even after PEC begins sales, the number of trucks entering and exiting the Passyunk Plant each day will not increase significantly.
  • LNG represents a cleaner fuel option for regional, large-scale customers that currently rely on fuel oil, coal, or international fuel imports, to conduct business.
  • This P3 project supports Philadelphia’s commitment to a clean, affordable, and healthy energy future.

 

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP OVERVIEW

PGW’s proposed P3 partner is PEC LLC a special purpose entity established by Liberty Energy Trust GP, LLC (LET) to develop the LNG facilities and then market and sell LNG to regional customers. LET is a Conshohocken-based energy infrastructure development and investment company.

 

PEC will build – and PGW will then lease, at a nominal fee – new liquefaction and loading facilities. PGW will then operate the new facilities and sell LNG production services to PEC for a fee.

 

PGW’s Passyunk Plant, located in South Philadelphia, has had an LNG facility on site since 1971, and currently operates as a natural gas distribution, liquefied natural gas storage and vaporization facility.

 

About RACP:

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs.

 

About PGW’S Passyunk Plant:

PGW’s Passyunk Plant, located in South Philadelphia, has had an LNG facility on site since 1971, and currently operates as a natural gas distribution, liquefied natural gas storage and vaporization facility. It also houses PGW training facilities, its Chemical Services Department and its laboratory. The Passyunk Plant operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support Philadelphia’s energy needs.

 

About PGW:

Founded in 1836, The Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) is owned by the City of Philadelphia and is the largest municipally owned gas utility in the country. It manages a distribution system of approximately 6,000 miles of gas mains and service pipes supplying approximately 500,000 customers. PGW's operations are managed by a non-profit corporation, the Philadelphia Facilities Management Corporation (PFMC). More information about the company is available at www.pgworks.com. 

 

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PGW Marks Earth Day with New EnergySense Grants, Calls on Developers to Get on Board

PHILADELPHIA (April 22, 2019) – Today, Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) will officially award two new EnergySense grants, totaling $120,000, to National Real Estate Development LLC, for its new mixed-use East Market project. Each $60,000 grant is a result of energy efficiency work at East Market, including the installation of high efficiency heat and hot water boilers, the use of enhanced insulation, energy efficient windows, and low-flow fixtures. Cumulatively, this work ensures that the buildings of East Market use at least 15% less natural gas than current energy code standards require.

 

During the Earth Day event at East Market, PGW also issued a call for developers and building owners to step up and work with the utility on their own projects.

 

“More than 5,500 grants and rebates have been awarded through EnergySense,” said Florian Teme, vice president of marketing at Philadelphia Gas Works. “Those funds have helped Philadelphia to clean its air and boost its energy efficiency, and we’re not done yet. There are hundreds of thousands of dollars still available for residential and commercial customers. All you have to do to see if you qualify is to contact us.” 

 

EnergySense is the largest, and longest-running, voluntary demand-side management program for natural gas customers in Pennsylvania. Along with PGW’s other conservation and efficiency efforts, it has helped to reduce natural gas consumption in the City by 12.9 billion cubic feet since 2011. 

 

Sustainability is at the core of PGW’s business operations and of its future. The company continues to team up with architects, engineers and builders so more businesses and more residents have access to reliable, affordable, clean natural gas from PGW.

 

 

About PGW:

Founded in 1836, The Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) is owned by the City of Philadelphia and is the largest municipally owned gas utility in the country. It manages a distribution system of approximately 6,000 miles of gas mains and service pipes supplying approximately 500,000 customers. PGW's operations are managed by a non-profit corporation, the Philadelphia Facilities Management Corporation (PFMC). More information about the company is available at www.pgworks.com.  


NUMBER OF PHILADELPHIA HOUSEHOLDS ENTERING WINTER WITHOUT NATURAL GAS HEATING FALLS BY CLOSE TO 1,000­

PGW’s annual survey shows 11.2% drop in households that do not have active natural gas service.

(Philadelphia, Pa. – Dec. 18, 2018) – On Friday, December 14, Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) submitted its annual Cold Weather Survey to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). This year’s survey indicates that 7,777 of PGW’s approximately 476,000 residential customers do not have natural gas service, following the termination of that service. This represents a 11.2 percent decrease over 2017.

The survey gathers data on the number of households that enter the Cold Weather Season without natural gas service.

“Heat is vital to the health and well-being of our customers,” said Barry O’Sullivan, director of corporate communications at PGW. “This annual Cold Weather Survey allows us to direct the right resources and information to customers so they have the best chance of having their service restored. We’re committed to assisting families in need through grants and other programs.”

  • PGW urges low-income customers to see if they qualify for all available grants:
  • LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): A free grant ranging from $200 - $1,000. Text the word FAST to 75308 to apply.
  • Crisis: A federal grant awarded to customers without gas service, or with a 10-day shutoff notice. This grant can be combined with LIHEAP. Apply in person at a PGW office, or the Department of Human Services’ Philadelphia County Assistance Office at 1348 W. Sedgley Avenue.
  • UESF (Utility Emergency Services Fund): A grant designed to pay off the balance of a customer’s unpaid utility bill and bring it to $0.

Customers who are not low income may be eligible for affordable payment arrangements that allow the restoration of service. Those customers should contact PGW as soon as possible at 215-235-1777. 

PGW customers can also visit www.pgworks.com or one of the company’s Customer Service Centers for assistance. And, if you know someone in need, share this information.

Philadelphians can also help to support those in need of heating assistance by donating to UESF. All donations are tax deductible. To donate, visit the Customer Care page of pgworks.com for Assistance Programs & Grants.

 

 

Founded in 1836, Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) is owned by the City of Philadelphia and is the largest municipally owned gas utility in the country. It manages a distribution system of approximately 6,000 miles of gas mains and service pipes supplying approximately 500,000 customers. PGW's operations are managed by a non-profit corporation, the Philadelphia Facilities Management Corporation (PFMC). More information about the company is available at www.pgworks.com.


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