Philadelphia's plan to sell gas utility is dead
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia City Council members are effectively killing the proposed sale of the city's gas utility to a Connecticut firm.
The deal required City Council approval. But Council President Darrell Clarke says there was "no appetite" for the proposed $1.86 billion sale of Philadelphia Gas Works to UIL Holdings Corp.
Mayor Michael Nutter's administration had no immediate comment.
Nutter said in March that the sale would inject $424 million into the city's distressed pension fund, freezing rates for three years and maintaining low-income and senior discount programs while safeguarding pensions.
Union leaders and several environmental organizations opposed the idea.
PGW traces its history to 1836. It is the nation's largest city-owned gas utility with more than half a million customers and more than 1,600 employees.