State panel approves PPL power line

State panel approves PPL power line

There are 14 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jul 24, 2009, titled State panel approves PPL power line. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

PPL Electric Utilities Corp. can build a 7.1-mile high-voltage power line from southern Lehigh County to upper Bucks County despite the objections of several opponents, a state regulatory agency decided Thursday.

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PaSucks

Schnecksville, PA

#1 Jul 24, 2009
This is not a great surprise. The PUC and PPL are in bed together, practically spooning. Anything PPL wants, PPL gets.
idlemyndz

Allentown, PA

#2 Jul 24, 2009
PaSucks wrote:
This is not a great surprise. The PUC and PPL are in bed together, practically spooning. Anything PPL wants, PPL gets.
Then you obviously do not understand how the PUC works.
BUBBLE THE BUBBLE

Paterson, NJ

#3 Jul 24, 2009
TO THE ANTI-POWER LINE FOLKS, I DARE YOU ALL to TURN ALL OF YOUR POWER OFF NOW. IF POWER IS SO EVIL, SHUT DOWN NOW.
PaSucks

United States

#4 Jul 24, 2009
idlemyndz wrote:
<quoted text> Then you obviously do not understand how the PUC works.
I understand perfectly. The PUC will rollover with whoever it is in bed with at the time and unilaterally approve any rate hike, take land or whatever it is the utility wants.

Please tell me one time when a rate hike was not granted?

I understand perfectly. If it's anything to do with Pa. govt, it is corrupt.
Zoe

Lansdale, PA

#5 Jul 24, 2009
Bubble -
If your house was right next door to where they wanted to rip out a forest or wetlands and install power lines, I think you might feel differently. It's easy to criticize when it's not your house that's affected.
PaSucks

United States

#6 Jul 24, 2009
Zoe wrote:
Bubble -
If your house was right next door to where they wanted to rip out a forest or wetlands and install power lines, I think you might feel differently. It's easy to criticize when it's not your house that's affected.
Well said. Our society is a lot like Bubble. " If it doesn't affect me, I don't care but I will criticize others"
idlemyndz

Allentown, PA

#7 Jul 24, 2009
PaSucks wrote:
<quoted text>
I understand perfectly. The PUC will rollover with whoever it is in bed with at the time and unilaterally approve any rate hike, take land or whatever it is the utility wants.
Please tell me one time when a rate hike was not granted?
I understand perfectly. If it's anything to do with Pa. govt, it is corrupt.
PPL Electric Utilities requests a rate increase once every couple of years due to increased prices of equipment, parts, etc. If PPL EU went back every year, then yes, the PUC would decline. PPL EU doesn't request an increase until they can justify it. If you are referring to the generation rate cap expiration, then you are talking about a completely different issue.
idlemyndz

Allentown, PA

#8 Jul 24, 2009
Zoe wrote:
Bubble -
If your house was right next door to where they wanted to rip out a forest or wetlands and install power lines, I think you might feel differently. It's easy to criticize when it's not your house that's affected.
If the line that serves my house is overloaded, then my entire neighborhood will have brownouts. So, we would all be affected.
Zoe

Lansdale, PA

#9 Jul 24, 2009
That's true. I'm not saying that the line doesn't need to be upgraded.

But PPL is taking the easy route--even though it means ruining the environment and residents' home values--rather than running their line across areas that are already industrialized. I'm not surprised the panel sided with them, though: big business always wins over the little guy.
Al from Allentown

Allentown, PA

#10 Jul 24, 2009
Zoe wrote:
Bubble -
If your house was right next door to where they wanted to rip out a forest or wetlands and install power lines, I think you might feel differently. It's easy to criticize when it's not your house that's affected.
Which is why IMHO, when government specifically grants corporations to develop land in such a way that will severely devalue the surrounding area, part of the agreement should be that the corporation(s) must pay those land owners MORE than the difference in property value.

That I think would be fair. If they don't want to live there afterwards, that's their problem, but at least their livelihoods are not hosed by this as they would be if they don't get any compensation.

Imagine having a $200,000 house in a very nice wooded area, and then PPL clears the forest next to your property and puts up a high voltage line. That'll take a good $50,000 or more off the value of your property. That's basically like stealing from you.

fatboy2

“rockin pandas”

Since: Mar 07

Whitehall

#11 Jul 24, 2009
So do you take a percentage of what it is worth on an up maket or now?
Al from Allentown wrote:
<quoted text>
Which is why IMHO, when government specifically grants corporations to develop land in such a way that will severely devalue the surrounding area, part of the agreement should be that the corporation(s) must pay those land owners MORE than the difference in property value.
That I think would be fair. If they don't want to live there afterwards, that's their problem, but at least their livelihoods are not hosed by this as they would be if they don't get any compensation.
Imagine having a $200,000 house in a very nice wooded area, and then PPL clears the forest next to your property and puts up a high voltage line. That'll take a good $50,000 or more off the value of your property. That's basically like stealing from you.
Al from Allentown

Allentown, PA

#12 Jul 24, 2009
fatboy2 wrote:
So do you take a percentage of what it is worth on an up maket or now?
<quoted text>
The idea would be there would be 2 assessments. 1 assessment before the change, and 1 after. The company doing the development has to pony up the difference plus a little extra.

Assessor should be a third party who is unaffiliated with either party and payed for by the corporation doing the development but selected by the government since the government is SUPPOSED to be a neutral party. Yes, in reality this isn't always true, but it's a lot better than just hosing the homeowners like they do now.

fatboy2

“rockin pandas”

Since: Mar 07

Whitehall

#13 Jul 24, 2009
I agree I was just thinking with the market being low these people would get shafted again
Al from Allentown wrote:
<quoted text>
The idea would be there would be 2 assessments. 1 assessment before the change, and 1 after. The company doing the development has to pony up the difference plus a little extra.
Assessor should be a third party who is unaffiliated with either party and payed for by the corporation doing the development but selected by the government since the government is SUPPOSED to be a neutral party. Yes, in reality this isn't always true, but it's a lot better than just hosing the homeowners like they do now.
Allentown resident

Allentown, PA

#14 Jul 25, 2009
why are they not putting the power lines under the ground? they do this in other areas of the country. so we have more ugly lines to look at....

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