PHILADELPHIA GAS WORKS LAUNCHES NEW PORTAL TO SUPPORT IMPROVED UTILIZATION OF DIVERSE SUPPLIERS AND SMALL BUSINESSES

[PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 19, 2018] – Philadelphia Gas Works’ (PGW) new, online, Supplier Diversity Management System is now live. The new system improves PGW’s ability to monitor and audit the quantity of work performed by contractors and sub-contractors, and will help track how much of the company’s future contracting goes to diverse vendors. In 2017, PGW spent $12.7 million of total contract opportunities with Minority-, Women-, Veteran- and Disabled-owned (MWVD) businesses, a number PGW is committed to increasing.

 

“PGW is committed to promoting equality in its contracting and purchasing activities, and this new Supplier Diversity Management System is part of that,” said Erica Patterson, Director of Contracts Management & Supplier Diversity. “We recognize that we have a significant impact on the local economy. That being the case, we have a responsibility to ensure that disadvantaged businesses, including those that are local, have the opportunity to compete for, and take advantage of, the economic opportunities we offer.”

 

The new system’s automated compliance features allow PGW to track contractor performance against diversity participation contract goals and to verify the activities and participation levels of MWVD sub-contractors. Many of these businesses are smaller, and it can be harder for them to secure contracts themselves for certain types of work. Sub-contracting is a great way for these small MWVD vendors to access procurement opportunities that they could not fulfill on their own. PGW’s Supplier Diversity Management System verifies that these sub-contractors are being properly utilized, and that prime contractors are fulfilling the terms, and accruing the benefits, of the procurement opportunities.

 

“Supporting small businesses in our community doesn’t stop at awarding a contract,” Patterson said. “We know that 78.5 percent of American businesses have fewer than 10 employees, which means that contract management and administration can be a real burden for them, and can act as a disincentive to businesses which might otherwise compete for projects. This Supplier Diversity Management System allows vendors to focus on the work and makes contract communication, compliance tracking and reporting straight-forward, accessible and efficient.”

 

Powered by diversity management software company B2GNow, the new cloud-based system will improve PGW’s contractor management process, and its user friendly interface means that vendors can spend more time and energy on their own operations, and less on reporting. Vendors can log in and submit their utilization reports, and PGW can track contract goals and participation, verify sub-contractor payments, set up automated compliance communications and customize reporting.

 

“We are dedicated to growing and sustaining an environment where diversity is valued, and our vendors represent the community we serve,” said Patterson.
 

For more information about doing business with PGW, visit pgworks.com. 


PGW Uses Open Data to Develop Interactive Infrastructure Upgrade Map

(PHILADELPHIA - May 22, 2018) --Today, PGW is launching its new, mobile-friendly Pipeline Improvement map. Available simply by texting the word WORK to the phone number 75308 the interactive mapping tool harnesses open city data to share up-to-date, street-level information on planned infrastructure projects, block by block. Residents and businesses can search by address or ZIP code to locate infrastructure upgrade projects that are ongoing, or which are scheduled within the next three months. In addition to locating project sites, the map will also tell users which phase of work the project is at, and what the projected timeframe for completion is. The new tool is housed on PGW’s website at pgworks.com/worksites and will also be distributed on Twitter, Facebook and Nextdoor. 

PGW is currently upgrading over 30 miles of its underground pipeline each year as part of its long-term infrastructure improvement program (LTIIP). The new mobile-ready Pipeline Improvement map has been developed because of the scale of this program, and because of its potential to impact the daily activities of residents and local businesses.

“PGW is committed to improving the way it communicates, and this new mapping tool is a key part of that initiative,” said PGW Director of Public Affairs Melanie McCottry. “We recognize that infrastructure projects can lead to a lot of questions. By making better use of available data and today’s online, interactive tools, PGW’s Pipeline Improvement map can answer many of those questions quickly, efficiently and on-the-go.”

The new Pipeline Improvement map allows people to better prepare for PGW projects that might interrupt their daily routine. It also facilitates better coordination. PGW’s infrastructure program often takes place at the same time and place as work from other utilities, city-wide street paving projects and Philadelphia’s continuing neighborhood development projects. This map allows users to identify which projects belong to PGW and who to contact with questions.

In conjunction with the map, residents can also use the hashtag #Conewatch on Twitter to receive worksite updates and follow the steps of a PGW infrastructure improvement project in real-time.

“People increasingly want self-service options that they can access instantly, without taking too much time out of their busy schedules,” said McCottry. “This innovative solution brings important information and actionable insight to customers, the broader utility industry, civic thinkers and policy makers.”

By making data easily accessible, PGW hopes to encourage residents and businesses to become more familiar with how their utility is performing, engage with their crews and contractors, and build tools and resources that ultimately make Philadelphia an even better place to live and work. Explore the map at pgworks.com/worksites.


PHILADELPHIA GAS WORKS COLD WEATHER SURVEY SHOWS A DECREASE IN HOMES ENTERING WINTER SEASON WITHOUT GAS SERVICE

(Philadelphia, Pa. – Dec. 15, 2017) – On Friday, December 15, Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) submitted its annual Cold Weather Survey to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). The survey gathers data on the number of households that enter the Cold Weather Season without natural gas service. The Cold Weather Survey also allows PGW to reach out to those customers with the greatest level of need.

This year’s survey indicates that 8,761 of PGW’s approximately 476,000 residential customers do not have natural gas service, following the termination of their service during this calendar year. This year’s figure represents a 8.5 percent decrease over 2016.

“The annual Cold Weather Survey helps PGW better identify customers in need of assistance and ensures that we can provide the right customers with the information they need to have service restored,” said Denise Adamucci, vice president of regulatory compliance and customer programs.

Information provided through this survey supplements PGW’s outreach work with neighborhood organizations, first responders, churches, elected officials, and community leaders.  It enables PGW to better educate customers and support households attempting to secure assistance to resume and maintain natural gas service.

Programs such as LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program), Crisis and UESF (Utility Emergency Services Fund) are currently available to help families restore their gas service. PGW is advising its customers to submit applications for LIHEAP now because grants are first-come, first-served. The fastest way for customers to see if they’re eligible for LIHEAP is to text the word WARM to the short phone number 75308.

Customers without service can also apply for a Crisis grant. Applications for Crisis must be made in person at the Department of Human Services’ Philadelphia County Assistance Office at 1348 W. Sedgley Avenue.

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 urges its customers to visit www.pgworks.com or one of the company’s customer service centers for assistance. Philadelphians can also help to support those in need of heating assistance by donating to the Utility Emergency Services Fund (UESF). All donations are tax deductible. To donate, visit the Customer Care page of pgworks.com for Assistance Programs & Grants.


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