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PPUC ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE RECOMMENDS APPROVAL OF PG&W RATE SETTLEMENT

 PPUC ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE RECOMMENDS
 APPROVAL OF PG&W RATE SETTLEMENT
 WILKES-BARRE, Pa., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Gas and Water Company (PG&W) announced today that Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PPUC) Administrative Law Judge Herbert S. Cohen has recommended that the PPUC approve a Joint Stipulation in Partial Settlement of a rate increase request intended to provide PG&W with $1,930,000 of its originally requested $2,623,890 in annual revenues for customers served exclusively by the Nesbitt Water Treatment Plant in PG&W's Spring Brook rate area.
 In his decision, the judge recommended that the PPUC reject several contested issues raised by the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate (OCA) which were not part of the settlement. PG&W, the PPUC Office of Trial Staff, the OCA and the Pennsylvania Office of Small Business Advocate are parties to the Joint Stipulation. The proposed increase and Joint Stipulation are subject to approval by the PPUC.
 Under the proposed increase, the bill for a typical metered residential customer receiving filtered water and using 5,500 gallons would increase from $19.81 to $28.84 per month, or by 45.6 percent. The total bill for a typical existing flat rate (unmetered) residential customer receiving filtered water and who is to be converted to a metered customer, using 5,500 gallons, would increase from $23.51 to $28.84 per month, or by 22.7 percent.
 In the filing, PG&W officials cited the significant investment in the Nesbitt Treatment Plant and the cost of operating the plant as reasons for the request. According to company officials, the flawless performance of the Nesbitt Water Treatment Plant since it was placed into service three years ago is firmly substantiated by tests and customer comments which confirm a consistently high quality of water delivered by the plant. PG&W noted that the treatment plant is just one part of a comprehensive water quality improvement program, the cost of which made it necessary for PG&W to request additional rate relief. In July and September of this year, public input and evidentiary hearings regarding the requested increase were conducted before an administrative law judge of the PPUC. The recommendation of the administrative law judge is one step in the rate proceeding. A final ruling by the PPUC is expected by Jan. 29, 1992.
 PG&W is the principal operating subsidiary of Pennsylvania Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENT) and serves approximately 130,000 water customers and 130,000 natural gas customers in northeastern Pennsylvania.
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 /CONTACT: Juneann Greco of Pennsylvania Enterprises, 717-829-8825/
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