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Office of Pollution Prevention & Energy Assistance

How Can the Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance Help You?

As the Commonwealth's Energy Office, we have created these pages to help Pennsylvanians like you make smarter energy choices.

If you are a business, trade organization, local government, school or institution and are looking for resources to help you save energy, select the link "Energy Efficiency and Conservation." There you can select your business sector and find customized links to a variety of resources designed to help you achieve pollution reduction through smarter energy choices.

If you've already upgraded your equipment, sealed your building, or implemented employee behavioral change programs to reduce your energy consumption, check out our "Renewables" link to learn about your options as a Pennsylvania business to further reduce your environmental impacts through energy. If you wish to be a part of "Finding PA's Solar Future" project, check out our planning project!

If you want to move to alternative fuels, better manage your vehicle fleet, or want to help your employees use less fossil fuels, check out our "Transportation" link.

If you are looking for data on energy supply and use in Pennsylvania, the US, or the world, check out our link "Energy Data" which takes you to a number of outside resources full of a variety of energy related data.

If you are looking for financial incentives for energy projects including the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) or the Green Energy Loan Fund (GELF) click our link "Financial Options"

Our Role

The Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance (OPPEA) functions as the Pennsylvania Energy Office and is PA's main contact to the U.S. Department of Energy. The office assists, educates, and encourages Pennsylvanians to advance conservation and efficient use of diverse energy resources to provide for a healthier environment and to achieve greater energy security for future generations.

Vision of OPPEA

Through our outreach, we help Pennsylvanians improve the Commonwealth's environmental, energy and economic sustainability.

Mission Statement

To achieve its vision, the office directs time and resources to work with citizen's groups, businesses, trade organizations, local governments and communities through innovation, education, partnerships, pollution prevention, and financial and technical assistance. We guide Pennsylvanians to smarter energy choices through their implementation of energy conservation and efficiency measures to achieve reductions in pollution and overall energy usage and expand their use of renewable and alternative energy solutions.

Responsibilities

The OPPEA is responsible for maintaining situational awareness for implementation of the Commonwealth's Emergency Support Function #12 "energy emergency" as a proactive and reactive approach to safeguarding Pennsylvanians during energy emergencies.

OPPEA also provides staff support for The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA).

As the State Energy Office for Pennsylvania (DOE SEP), we submit an annual plan to the U.S. Department of Energy, for a formula-based grant for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy assurance activities. This work also includes alternative fuels, energy security planning, tracking fuel resources and financial markets, following building codes, and promoting energy management systems.

The 2017-18 plan consists of seven major projects, four of which are directly tied to work plans/recommendations from Pennsylvania's 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Update (indicated by *):