HPC Salutes Pennsylvania Efforts to Save Energy Efficiency Jobs
On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, the Pennsylvania Senate voted to pass Senate Bill 805 (SB 805) that would allow large commercial and industrial power customers to “opt out” of energy efficiency programs required under current state law. SB 805 has been referred to the PA House Consumer Affairs Committee, which has no more meetings scheduled this year. So, the clock has run out, and SB 805 will not pass during the 2016 PA legislative session.
SB 805 would have severely limited implementation of the PA Utility Energy Efficiency Act (Act 129) which has helped create thousands of energy efficiency jobs in Pennsylvania since it passed in October 2008. A five year extension of Act 129 and Phase III of implementation began in June 2016.
During its first two Phases of implementation, Act 129 achieved a 1% reduction of peak demand by May 2011, a 3% reduction in consumption by May 2013, and a 4.5% reduction in peak demand by May 2013. Since these energy efficiency requirements began in 2009, they have saved ratepayers $2 for every $1 invested, largely though a statewide energy conservation investment of over $108 million per year.
HPC has been working closely with the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) and other Pennsylvania partners to educate contractors, small businesses, policymakers and stakeholders on the many job creating benefits of Act 129’s Phase III implementation. A July 2016 Report by KEEA and Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) found that there are more than 53,000 energy efficiency jobs in Pennsylvania. HPC supports implementation of Phase III of Act 129 and other programs to create jobs, reduce energy consumption and lower ratepayer costs.