Privatization: Investor-Owned Utility Acquisitions of Municipal or Authority-Owned Systems

Wednesday, December 19, 2018
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM



Privatization: Investor-Owned Utility Acquisitions of Municipal or Authority-Owned Systems

The acquisition of municipal or authority-owned water and wastewater systems by investor- owned utilities, also referred to as Privatization, is becoming more prominent throughout the Commonwealth.

This interactive webinar will cover Privatization and the legal issues that it presents, and provide Board Members, Directors, Managers and Solicitors of municipal or authority-owned water and wastewater systems with a concise legal update on issues germane to Privatization as we approach 2019.

Specific areas covered in this session will include:

  • What provisions of the Municipality Authorities Act relate to the "Privatization" issue?

  • Act 12 of 2016 (Section 1329 of the Public Utility Code) - "new" statutory framework for water and wastewater system valuations

  • Public Utility Commission's Tentative Supplemental Implementation Order regarding Section 1329 valuations, and recent comments submitted by private and public entities

  • Pennsylvania's Environmental Rights Amendment ("ERA") - Does Pennsylvania's Constitution impact Privatization?

  • Recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court and Commonwealth Court decisions and their potential impact on Privatization - Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation v. Commonwealth,

  • 161 A.3d 911 (2017) and Tanya J. McCloskey, Acting Consumer Advocate, Petitioner v. Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Respondent, No. 1624 C.D. 2017 (Pa. Cmwlth., October 11, 2018)

Our presenter and PMAA East Solicitor, Steve Hann, will address these topics and answer attendee questions during this informative session.

Presented by:
Steven A. Hann, PMAA Solicitor East, Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin