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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: December 13, 2012 10:43 AM
From: Senator Jim Ferlo
To: All Senate members
Subject: Improvements to the High Performance Buildings Program
In the near future I plan to reintroduce Senate Bill 681 to advance the construction of high-performance buildings. The Alternative Energy Investment Act (Act 1 of 2008 – Special Session) created a $25,000,000 program to encourage the construction of “green” buildings, and the renovation of existing buildings into “green” buildings. However, due to the restrictiveness of the program, it has been vastly underutilized and money remains untouched in the fund.

The legislation would loosen those restrictions by expanding the program to allow all businesses to be eligible for funding, and allow businesses to use funds for the construction or renovation of a high-performance building for any business use.

Pennsylvania’s economic recovery remains fragile and unsteady. It is critical that we pursue policies which stimulate the economy, move business forward, and create jobs even in the midst of difficult fiscal times.

This legislation is one part of a legislative package called PA Works Now which is designed to create 28,000 new jobs, leverage over $2 billion in new private investment, and save $150 million.

In the previous session SB 681 was co-sponsored by Senators Costa, Tartaglione, Farnese, Erickson, Brewster, Fontana, Hughes, Yudichak, Leach, and Blake.

Introduced as SB226