Green Power Boosts State’s EPA Standing

Pennsylvania’s efforts to support renewable energy development have earned the state a membership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership. Pennsylvania has agreed to replace a portion of its electrical load with green power within one year.

In return, EPA provides procurement assistance and public recognition. The state has committed to purchase 34,800 MWh of wind attributes annually, and the state will be listed among EPA’s Top 25 Green Power Partners. “Affordable, reliable and environmentally beneficial energy is the foundation for a cleaner environment, a stronger economy and greater security at home,” State EPA Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty said. “Being named to this partnership is recognition of the Rendell Administration’s aggressive efforts and the Legislature’s recent actions on measures that are helping to make Pennsylvania a national leader in the development and deployment of energy technology.” EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that seeks to reduce the environmental effects of conventional electricity generation by building demand for green power. The production and consumption of renewable and advanced energy helps to reduce emissions associated with conventional electricity generation. Last October, Pennsylvania doubled its green electricity purchase to 10 percent, and put to use state resources to develop a sustainable energy infrastructure that should create jobs, enhance homeland security and register significant environmental improvements. The state has further committed to work toward a goal of 20 percent in green power purchases. Gov. Edward Rendell has launched a number of ambitious efforts to promote energy efficiency and build a clean, indigenous, diversified energy industry in the state. Working with members of the General Assembly, Pennsylvania has adopted one of the nation’s most progressive energy portfolio standards, ensuring that 18 percent of all of the energy generated in the Commonwealth comes from clean, efficient sources in the next 15 years. The Rendell Administration is also working to build an energy manufacturing base in Pennsylvania by inviting letters of interest from advanced energy companies interested in taking advantage of the opportunities the state has to offer for assistance with project financing or business siting. The Governor also signed an executive order in December of 2004 to ensure maximum efficiency in energy management and conservation in state facilities, decreasing consumption and lowering costs. For more information about Pennsylvania’s energy initiatives, click on the DEP link below and search the site for energy.
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