Philadelphia Gas Works

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Founded in 1836, Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) is owned by the City of Philadelphia and is the largest municipally owned gas utility in the country. PGW manages a distribution system of approximately 6,000 miles of gas mains and service pipes supplying approximately 500,000 customers. Its operations are managed by a nonprofit corporation, the Philadelphia Facilities Management Corporation (PFMC).

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3.4

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Industry

Utilities

Category

Energy & Utilities

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Distribution mains are the underground street pipelines that connect PGW’s gate stations to the smaller service lines that deliver natural gas to individual customers. Historically, these mains were primarily constructed of cast iron, which is more susceptible to leaks, breaks, and the potential release of fugitive methane emissions. Since 1990, when PGW’s cast iron main inventory totaled 1,868 miles, PGW has replaced or removed 594 miles of cast iron main. As of the end of 2020, PGW’s cast iron main inventory is 1,274 miles. Since 2001, PGW has implemented a program to replace a minimum of 18 miles of cast iron main each year using base rate funds. In 2012, PGW initiated its Long Term Infrastructure Improvement Program (LTIIP), a 5-year plan designed to accelerate the replacement of PGW’s cast iron mains from the original baseline of 18 miles per year to 25 miles per year, prioritizing higher risk main. This was accomplished with funding from an additional $22 million per year through the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) – authorized Distribution System Improvement Charge (DSIC). From 2012- 2017, the first phase of LTIIP replaced a total of 146.17 miles of cast iron main inventory. The second phase of LTIIP, running from 2017-2022, continues these efforts by further accelerating cast iron main replacement to a rate of over 30 miles per year. The second phase is projected to replace an additional 158.29 miles of cast iron main inventory. To accomplish this, funding was further increased through a modification to the DSIC charge to $33 million per year in 2016. As such, PGW’s cast iron main inventory replacement is on track to be completed by 2058.

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2023

Revenues

$646,700,000.00

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Employee Rating

3.9

Customer Rating

3.7

Company Size

1000-5000

ESG Risk Rating

3

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