Remarks prepared for delivery on Friday, November 14, 2014.

Testimony of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Rob Wonderling before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Philadelphia Gas Works 

November 14, 2014


Good morning Chairman Powelson and members and staff of Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission. I am Rob Wonderling, President and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (GPCC). Thank you for the opportunity to testify today at this hearing, as the PUC exercises its statutory responsibility to examine the various capacities of the Philadelphia Gas Works to provide for the public’s safety in its daily operations.


Yesterday, Philadelphia City Council conducted a public hearing to consider how best to help in positioning Philadelphia and the region as an energy hub city, and representing the Chamber, I testified at that hearing. Some of what I testified is equally relevant today.


After explaining the economic growth prospects for Philadelphia if the city works in a coordinated fashion with the business community – and the energy industry specifically – to create an energy hub here in our city, I laid out a series of action steps that we believe could go a long way toward positioning Philadelphia for a brighter economic future.


Those steps are:


Action Step 1: Partner with Local Energy Industry Leaders and Promote Expansion of Existing Pipeline Capacity to Bring Marcellus Shale Gas to City and Region


Through the leadership of executives such as Phil Rinaldi of Philadelphia