EnergyEfficiencyHarrisburg, PA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 28, 2006 – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has initiated an investigation into cost-effective and reasonable efforts that natural gas and electric utilities can take to help consumers use energy more efficiently.

“The best way to reduce a customer’s energy bill in this environment of intensifying world energy prices is by empowering customers to take action to be more efficient and continuing to educate customers on how to use less energy and to efficiently use only what is required,” said Commission Vice Chairman James Cawley.

The Commission has decided to reconvene its Demand Side Response Working Group, and has asked members to come up with specific recommendations before May 15, 2007. The working group will examine energy efficiency and conservation, demand side response, advanced metering infrastructure and rate-making mechanisms.

The goal of the investigation is to allow the Commission to review evidence of the need for and costs and benefits of the various programs and approaches that will support moving