Philadelphia Gas Works has requested permission from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) to increase rates by $70 million per year. This is PGW’s first request in eight years.

Since 2010, PGW has put changes in place that have avoided over $75 million in healthcare costs, cut borrowing needs by over $185 million, and eliminated over $340 million of long-term debt. In addition, the way PGW manages its operations and finances has led to improved bond ratings, the net result of which is that we save $72 million in debt service payments, on behalf of our customers.

Here’s a visual guide to how PGW has controlled costs since 2009, and some challenges we face.