Various initiatives across the Commonwealth are working to increase energy efficiency and conservation. Residents, developers and owners/managers of low-income communitiescan particularly benefit from these programs as they often have fewer resources to cover increasing housing and utility costs.
One example of such initiatives is Act 129 of 2008, which was enacted by the General Assembly to require Pennsylvania’s seven largest electric distribution companies to develop energy efficiency and conservation plans, as well as adopt other methods for reducing the amount of electricity consumed by customers. Act 129 provides Pennsylvania electric utility consumers with opportunities to take energy efficiency and conservation to the next level. These services have saved electric customers over $278 million each year, created new jobs, reduced pollution, and enhanced grid reliability, all while costing less than generating, transmitting and distributing electricity.
Act 129 is implemented in phases, with Phase III beginning soon in June 2016. This webinar provides information about:
- What is Act 129
- An overview of each utility’s plan
- Ways to access Act 129 programs
- Examples of how these plans are being implemented
- Other things being done in Pennsylvania to achieve energy efficiency in low-income communities
- Patrick M. Cicero, Pennsylvania Utility Law Project
- Michael Turns, Performance Systems Development