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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Energy Legislation Slated for Movement in House, Senate

The House has scheduled three energy related bills for consideration when the legislature returns to Harrisburg next month. House Bill 1699, sponsored by Rep. Chris Ross (R-Chester), provides for the regulation of air emissions from backup generators; House Bill 2104, sponsored by Rep. Robert Godshall (R-Montgomery), further provides for consumer protections in variable rate electric supplier contracts; and House Resolution 249, sponsored by Rep. RoseMarie Swanger (R-Lebanon), supports increased development and delivery of oil from North American oil reserves.


Corbett Approves Changes to Summer Fuel Standards, Still Needs Nod from EPA

Gov. Corbett this week signed into law Senate Bill 1037, which would end more stringent gasoline regulations during summer months. Sen. Elder Vogel (R-Beaver) introduced the legislation in an effort to save customers in the region from having to pay more for the more expensive “summer gas,” which is now only required in southwest Pennsylvania and a few counties in Maine. Gasoline prices in the seven-county region last summer ranged as much as 18.87 cents more per gallon because of the EPA mandate.


Energy Efficiency Bill Falls to Partisan Maneuvering

The Senate officially presided over the demise of bipartisan energy efficiency legislation Monday – and the chance to put the Keystone XL pipeline up for a vote ahead of the midterm elections.


Despite Leaner, More Efficient Government, Fiscal Outlook is Worrisome

Despite a “leaner and more efficient government”, the state’s fiscal outlook continues to draw skepticism and promises of more difficult budget discussions to come, not only this year, but into the future.


PA Energy Development Authority to Accept Applications for Project Funding

During the PA Energy Development Authority’s (PEDA) April board meeting, the entity discussed opening a grant application period, possibly starting this June. That would mark the first time PEDA has accepted applications for project funding since 2010, with the last award being made in 2011.


Congress to take up Energy Efficiency, Tax Credits?

Congress returned to Washington this week for a lengthy session that promised Senate action on energy efficiency legislation and renewable energy tax credits as well as appropriations and water infrastructure legislation.