About the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC)
The PUC funds an authorized complement of 520 employees, including attorneys, rate and service analysts, auditors, economists, engineers, motor transit and railroad specialists, communications specialists, safety inspectors and enforcement investigators. They work, together with administrative, fiscal, computer and clerical personnel in 12 offices and bureaus that report to an Executive Director.
The PUC is funded by assessment of the regulated public utilities. Subject to budget approval, the PUC may assess utilities up to three-tenths of one percent of gross intrastate revenue to cover the cost of regulation. All assessments are paid into the General Fund of the State Treasury through the Department of Revenue for use solely by the Commission. The budget for Fiscal Year 2012-13 is $60,398,000 in state funds and $4,857,000 in federal funds, for a total of $65,255,000.
The Public Utility Commission was created by the Pennsylvania Legislative Act of March 31, 1937 (and the Public Utility Law of May 28, 1937), which abolished the Public Service Commission.
The PUC has 12 offices and bureaus reporting to an Executive Director, with its headquarters in Harrisburg. Regional offices are located in Altoona, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Scranton. The regional offices serve as administrative coordinating points for enforcement officers and administrative law judges. The Philadelphia office also has employees from the PUC's Bureau of Consumer Services.
Learn more about the Bureaus and Offices of PUC here.
Mission Statement: The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission balances the needs of consumers and utilities to ensure safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates; protect the public interest; educate consumers to make independent and informed utility choices; further economic development; and foster new technologies and competitive markets in an environmentally sound manner.
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, office of Communications, www.puc.pa.gov