After taking the extraordinary step of fining a utility in 2013 without revealing the reason, the state Public Utility Commission twisted itself into rhetorical knots trying to justify its secrecy. Three years after the public agency draped itself and PPL Utilities in secrecy, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the agency, at long last, must meet its obligations for public disclosure. It reversed a Commonwealth Court decision that had maintained the agency's secrecy. A host of news media organizations across the state - including Times-Shamrock Communications, publisher of this newspaper - brought the case. On Oct. 29, 2011, PPL diverted crews from a high-priority response to a freak snowstorm that disrupted power to 300,000 customers in the Lehigh Valley, to a lower-priority assignment, and declined to explain the decision.
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