Pennsylvania State Capitol
Pennsylvania State Capitol

Pennsylvania used to be a leader in bringing renewable energy to the state’s power grid, but lawmakers said Wednesday the commonwealth is “lagging behind” its neighbors now.

A bipartisan effort to increase renewable energy use in Pennsylvania to 30 percent by 2030 introduced this week won’t set any new precedents for clean energy, but members in both chambers of the state legislature said it will help keep pace.

Senate Bill 600 would expand the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act of 2004 and push for solar power to make up 10 percent of all renewable energy used in the state over the next decade.

Sen. Steve Santarsiero, D-10, of Lower Makefield, said the bill would mean “thousands of good paying, 21st century jobs” in Pennsylvania and was a needed step toward offsetting the effects of global climate change.

“These standards don’t just measure progress when it comes to clean energy, family sustaining jobs, and environmental stewardship,” Santarsiero said.

“They tell our children and grandchildren that we care about their future,” he added.

The current energy portfolio act requires at least 8 percent of power sold to retail customers must come from renewable energies by 2021, with solar making up about 0.5 percent of that clean energy share, according to information included in Santarsiero’s bill memo.

Continue Reading

This article was originally written by Chris Ullery and published on www.buckscountycouriertimes.com
Author:

Your Opinion Matters

Have Something To Say About This Story?

Sign Up for the Energy Pages Digest

Our weekly must-see brief

You May Also Like

Florida Gets One Step Closer to Energy Choice

State economists reject investor-owned utilities’ arguments against a proposed statewide initiative that would allow consumers to choose their own electricity providers

Frack-Free Natural Gas: The Future of the Industry?

In November, natural gas producer Carbon Creek Energy, accomplished a groundbreaking achievement for the natural gas industry when they offered the first-ever Frack-Free Natural Gas Certificates to energy services company East Coast Power & Gas. Until now, a mechanism for authenticating and independently verifying the environmental quality of a product of this kind did not exist.

The Value and Opportunities That Solar Energy Brings to the Retail Energy Market

Despite the bad rap that certain aspects of solar power, such as net metering and fixed costs, have received, the reality is that solar power presents many valuable opportunities for the retail energy industry