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Energy Planning and Climate Analysis

State Energy Planning

A crucial element for State Energy Offices is to plan on a continuum holistically to allow for strategic decision making and tailored program activities based on our unique energy resources, delivery capacity and energy goals. In PA, multiple planning efforts are underway: a comprehensive energy and climate analysis and recommendations and adaptation strategies to be included in the 2018 Climate Change Action Plan, a CHP Enabled Renewable Energy Guide, planning for solar and for electric vehicle (as well as other alternative fuels) and infrastructure deployment and a gap analysis of our energy efficiency financing in PA. The Energy Programs Office staff plans to synthesize the work that has been done into one cohesive, strategic energy plan with short, mid, and long-term goals with tailored programs based on market potential of the evolving energy landscape dynamic, as well as methodologies for energy measurement and verification. The plan will also include marketing to ensure the appropriate messages are portrayed to the PA population, and engage where necessary, as our energy landscape continues to evolve.

Comprehensive Energy and Climate Analysis and Recommendations

The Energy Programs Office and the Bureau of Air Quality contracted to receive technical and economic analysis services in support of the development of the PA Climate Change Action Plan Update for 2018. U.S. DOE State Energy Program funds were used for a comprehensive energy analysis; energy and climate goal assessments and recommendations; and development of the GHG emission reduction strategies. includes an assessment of the energy potential, production and consumption in Pennsylvania as well as the economic opportunities, including environmental costs and benefits, for the best use of these energy resources for the transportation, electricity, industrial, commercial, government, and building sectors.

Clean energy policy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals were examined, with a particular focus on all other states in the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions, Based on this assessment, the report will recommend clean energy standards and policies as well as GHG emission reduction goals for 2030 and 2050 for Pennsylvania. Sector-specific reduction strategies will be developed that identify potential GHG emission reductions from Pennsylvania's Energy Generation, Transportation and Industrial sectors.

More information about PA's Climate Change efforts can be found on DEP's Climate Change website.