West Penn Power to pay $1.3 million for missing energy target

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approved a settlement with West Penn Power that obligates the utility to pay $1.3 million for missing an energy reduction target in 2011.

West Penn did not reduce its energy consumption by 1 percent by May 31, 2011, as the utility was mandated to do under the state’s energy efficiency and conservation law, Act 129. Its penalty, which could have been between $1 million and $20 million, was negotiated down from $11.3 million, the original sum proposed by PUC staff.

The southwestern Pennsylvania utility, which was purchased by FirstEnergy Corp. in February 2011, met its subsequent energy consumption and demand reduction targets.

Anya Litvak: alitvak@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1455.

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