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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: December 5, 2012 04:33 PM
From: Senator Gene Yaw and Sen. Dominic Pileggi
To: All Senate members
Subject: Pennsylvania Natural Gas Expansion and Development Initiative
In the near future, we plan to introduce legislation that will facilitate the expansion, distribution and use of low-cost, energy efficient, Pennsylvania-produced natural gas. Being able to fully utilize this commodity will reduce costs and be environmentally beneficial across the Commonwealth. This legislation is designed to assist state and local governments, similar institutions, and un-served and under-served businesses and homeowners across our state in making this conversion.

The legislation will:

  • Encourage the conversion of government office buildings to low-cost, energy efficient, Pennsylvania-produced natural gas;

  • Offer incentives to school districts, institutions of higher education, correctional institutions, and hospitals to convert to low-cost, energy efficient, Pennsylvania-produced natural gas;

  • Encourage the use of natural gas to assure that natural gas energy is accessible to Pennsylvanians;

  • Establish funding alternatives for gathering and distribution extensions to un-served and under-served areas;

  • Require the Public Utility Commission to develop rules to produce an orderly system for reviewing current levels of natural gas service and to allow for the orderly expansion of natural gas service to areas not currently served;

  • Allow municipalities to establish their own pipeline infrastructure;

  • Ease the regulatory hurdles required for becoming a public utility;

  • Include a system of pipeline tap infrastructure for rural access; and

  • Provide rate incentives to state utilities that are aggressively acquiring and building new utility franchises in rural areas.

We have an abundant natural resource beneath us, which can be used to help consumers lower their energy heating costs. There is also widespread interest in seeing locally produced natural gas used locally to benefit every Pennsylvanian.

Introduced as SB738