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Energy Programs Office

Clean Energy Program Plan

The Clean Energy Program (CEP) Plan summarizes DEP’s Energy Programs Office energy-related plans, supporting policies, and programs; recommends new clean energy actions to be taken over the next one to three years; and explores approaches that may be taken to anticipate future events and mitigate disruptions to ensure energy resilience and security.

The CEP Plan guides the Pennsylvania Energy Programs Office (EPO) at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) toward achieving its ambitious long-term clean energy goals while fulfilling its obligations to support energy conservation and efficiency, advance clean energy technologies, and ensure energy security and resilience. The CEP Plan will help give all Pennsylvanians cleaner, healthier, and more affordable and reliable energy choices.

How Can the Energy Programs Office Help You?

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."

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 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." See our PEDA Story Map for case studies.

Our Role

Clean energy resources are critical to improving air quality in Pennsylvania, protecting the health of residents, helping to reduce Pennsylvania's carbon footprint, and addressing climate change , the most critical environmental threat confronting the world. Clean energy resources support good-paying jobs and present ever-growing economic development opportunities. The Energy Programs Office (EPO) 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.

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 EPO is responsible for planning for energy emergencies that impact energy supply and infrastructure issues. The Commonwealth’s Emergency Support Function #12 and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) Energy Assurance Plan (ENAP) provide guidance for Commonwealth of Pennsylvania staff in charge of preparing for, responding to, and recovering from energy emergencies. The primary objective for developing the ENAP is to achieve a timely restoration of essential services in order to reduce casualties and property damage. 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.

To learn more about projects in the current SEP plan and previously funded projects with updates of possible interest, check out our SEP page.