Welcome to the 2020 PLAN Virtual Statewide Conference

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Thursday, September 24 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Water Affordability and Dealing with Unregulated Utilities

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Most Pennsylvanians are provided water and sewer service by municipal authorities that are unregulated by the Public Utility Commission (PUC). The limited statutory requirements that apply to them are limited and not well-known.

This interactive session for new and seasoned advocates will cover how to handle cases dealing with unregulated utilities, including: the difference between regulated and unregulated utilities, long term consequences of water privatization, consumer protections, due process issues around appealing grounds for termination, how to obtain documentation, and how to advocate with a local municipal authority on behalf of your clients.

We will also discuss emerging trends in water and wastewater assistance programs at regulated and unregulated water companies across the state.


Dan Vitek

Staff Attorney, Community Justice Project
Dan Vitek is a supervising attorney with the Community Justice Project. He focuses on tenant rights, utilities, and fair housing. In his free time, he enjoys talking with legal aid advocates about the comings and goings of mobile home park life. 

Robert Ballenger

Co-Director – Energy Unit, Community Legal Services
Robert Ballenger is an attorney for CLS’s Energy Unit, where he works to restore and maintain clients’ access to essential utilities. Mr. Ballenger has been admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania since 2004, in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania... Read More →
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John Sweet

Senior Attorney, Pennsylvania Utility Law Project
John Sweet serves as a Senior Attorney at Pennsylvania Utility Law Project, where he provides legal representation, advocacy, training, consultation, and support services in energy and utility matters affecting low-income residents of Pennsylvania. 

Thursday September 24, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom .