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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: December 17, 2013 11:20 AM
From: Representative Donna Oberlander
To: All House members
Subject: Bill to Amend the Alternative Energy Investment Act
The Pennsylvania Legislature enacted the Alternative Energy Investment Act in 2008 that among other things authorized the allocation of $650 million in bond funding to help support development and application of various alternative energy projects and technologies.

As part of that authorization, $25 million was set aside to help finance the installation of pollution control technologies at coal-fired power plants to help meet specific state and federal air quality standards.

Because of statutory constraints, including a limit on the size of qualifying plants and project eligibility restrictions, owners of these units have been unable to avail themselves of this funding source.

To address this matter and encourage environmental retrofits at these sites, I plan to amend the Act by:
  • Expanding project eligibility requirements for the use of this fund to include programs that will assist coal-fired electric generating units to meet state or federal air quality standards, water quality standards or solid waste standards.
  • Eliminating the statutory restriction on the size of a qualifying plant.
  • Prohibiting money in the special fund to be used to support fuel conversions at existing units.

Both the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance and the United Mine Workers of America support this measure.

Introduced as HB1763