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Office of Pollution Prevention & Energy Assistance

Our goal is to effectively work with citizen's groups, businesses, trade organizations, local governments and communities to reduce pollution and save energy. Part of that effort includes encouraging the deployment and use of innovative environmental and advanced energy technologies, including renewable energy.

The Pennsylvania comprehensive energy analysis, "Energy in Pennsylvania: Past, Present, and Future." (PDF) report provides statistical detail regarding energy production and consumption in the Commonwealth to policymakers, energy producers, interested consumers and other stakeholders. The report includes local and national data regarding production, pricing, market share by energy type and geographical patterns. Supporting narrative provides insight regarding causal factors underlying trends in production, consumption and conservation.

What's New

LED Street Lights Workshops for Municipal Officials in FirstEnergy Electric Utility Territories (Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power, and West Penn Power).

 

 
Street lighting bills are often among the highest utility costs for municipalities across PA.  For the past several years, municipal managers have been hearing about the potential for LED street lights to not only reduce utility bills and reduce energy consumption, but also to improve the overall lighting performance and visibility for a community.  Since most municipalities lease their street lights from the utility, the biggest hurdle to adoption of LED street lights has been the fact that LED technology has not been offered by most electric utilities in PA.

 
That has recently changed with the availability of PUC-approved rates for LED street lights through FirstEnergy electric utilities listed above.  If you are a municipal street lighting customer of one of these utilities, you can now begin the long-awaited transition to LED street lights. And, it is likely that you can begin this transition without any capital expenditure.

 
DEP, in cooperation with FirstEnergy utilities, GE Lighting, and PennDOT,  is offering FREE workshops to help municipal officials understand how to maximize the benefits of this new street lighting technology, and how to begin the transition to LED. The three-hour workshops will be held in each of the FirstEnergy utility territories.  There is an upcoming workshop in Berks County (Hamburg).  The workshop will include the following information:

  • An overview of LED technology, including performance characteristics
  • A review of the new LED rate schedules and how they compare to your current costs
  • How to easily quantify the energy reduction and cost savings potential for your community
  • How to determine the appropriate LED replacement fixtures
  • How to order your new street lights, including specific steps you can take now to begin the transition to LED
  • An overview of street lighting standards to ensure safety, performance, and energy savings
  • Innovative street light monitoring and management systems
The workshop schedule is as follows:

February 19th 2016 in Hamburg, Berks County, 10 AM-1 PM: Cabela's Conference Center, 100 Cabela Drive, Hamburg, PA 19526

 
Workshop content will be provided by representatives from GE Lighting, PA DEP's Energy Office, PennDOT, and FirstEnergy.  Please contact Geoff Bristow, Regional Energy Manager at DEP, if you have any questions by phone at 814-332-6681 or by email at gbristow@pa.gov.

 

Funding Programs - This is a list of the energy and green technology funding programs offered by DEP and other commonwealth agencies, sorted by eligible candidate. This makes it easy for organizations, individuals, etc. to find out instantly which programs they're eligible for.

PA Biodiesel Infrastucture Sufficient to Require 2% Biodiesel by 2010 (PDF)
PA Dept. of Agriculture certifies sufficient infrastructure exists in PA to require B2 by 2010. Click the link above to read the letter.

PA PUC AEPS Website: The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has launched a website to provide information regarding the requirements of the Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (AEPS), which mandates the use of alternative energy sources to generate a certain percentage of electricity sold at retail in the state.

PA Solar Share Fact Sheet (PDF)
Thanks to the AEPS Act of 2004, 18 percent of electricity sold at retail in Pennsylvania in 2021 will be required to be generated from alternative energy sources, including 800 MW from solar energy.

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U.S. Dept. of Energy opens Stay Warm, Save Money web site with Energy Savings Tips.