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18Sep

Webinar: Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE): An Unnecessary and Dangerous Product

Webinar date: September 15, 2017

PACE loans are used to finance energy efficiency, renewable and other home improvement projects and result in a tax assessment lien repaid through the tax collection system.  These loans are typically very high cost both at origination and throughout life of the loan.  Legislation has been introduced in the General Assembly that would bring this risky product to Pennsylvania.

On this webinar, advocates from the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project, the National Consumer Law Center, and Community Legal Services discuss the dangers of residential PACE products and why Pennsylvania should not enable PACE financing for residential mass market consumers.

Presenters:

Patrick Cicero – Executive Director, Pennsylvania Utility Law Project
Charlie Harak – Senior Staff Attorney, National Consumer Law Center
Kerry Smith – Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services

 

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05Sep

Pa. restores LIHEAP funding and extends availability

Share List By Claudia Vargas, Philadelphia Inquirer Updated: August 30, 2017 — 9:56 AM EDT Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services will restore planned cuts to home-heating assistance for the poor this winter, a relief for thousands of people across the state who rely on the service. Earlier this summer, DHS proposed cutting the time and amount…

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01Aug

Publication: State Strategies to Increase Energy and Water Efficiency in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Properties

Share List By: Dana Bartolomei, National Housing Trust Published: 2017 Energy Efficiency Strategies in LIHTC properties This report examines how HFAs are using the LIHTC Program to develop and preserve affordable rental housing that is energy and water efficient. Through a review of hundreds of HFA documents, including Qualified Allocation Plans, LIHTC applications, Design and…

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26Jul

Ounce of prevention: A healthy homes effort has track record of success

Share List By: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Published: July 25, 2017 Various groups in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County help disadvantaged residents with home repairs. Now, some of them have pledged to coordinate their efforts so the homes they touch are left as green and healthy as possible. On Friday, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, county Executive Rich Fitzgerald…

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31May

A New Responsibility for Children’s Hospitals: The Health of Neighborhoods

Share List By: Barbara Ray, Shelterforce Weekly Published: May 24, 2017 During a heat wave in the summer of 2010, doctors in Cincinnati saw a spike in emergency room visits from children having asthma attacks. The spike was curious. Despite a city-led public information campaign to encourage residents to use air conditioners to prevent asthma…

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25Apr

Energy Efficiency Delivers Huge Savings for Pennsylvanians. But Some Big Energy Users Want a Free Ride.

Share List By: Daniel Bloom Published: April 20, 2017 Pennsylvania’s landmark energy efficiency law – known as Act 129 – continues to deliver huge electricity savings for the Commonwealth’s residents and businesses. In its most recent report on Act 129, the Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) Statewide Evaluator found that residential, commercial, and industrial consumers saved…

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Apr

Webinar:  Resources Available for Multi-Family Housing Energy Efficiency with  PPL Electric Utilities  and UGI

Share List Act 129, which became effective in November 2008, requires electric utility companies to cost-effectively reduce electricity consumption and peak demand on their systems. One way to do this is through energy efficiency measures. Electric utility companies have developed programs for residential and commercial customers to reduce energy output in their properties. The electric utility…

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20Apr

2008-2017 State Budget Chart updated April 6, 2017

Share List Revised 4/6/17 Figures are rounded. 1 Tax Credit; part of the Tax code not the Budget. 2 Also included in HSDF Block Grant. 3 2012-2013 through 2016-2017 funded from the Homeowner Assistance Settlement Fund, not General Fund. 4 Funded from Act 13 Impact Fees. Minimum of $5 M but by formula the amount…

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19Apr

Governor Wolf Announces New PHARE Funding to Support Affordable Housing across Pennsylvania

Share List Press Release from Governor Tom Wolf’s Office Published: April 13, 2017 Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced recipients of a new round of funding for housing programs made available through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) fund. This funding is a portion of the Realty Transfer Tax earmarked through…

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