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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: August 29, 2019 09:47 AM
From: Senator Patrick M. Browne
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution designating September 23-27, 2019, as Pennsyvlania Clean Energy Week.
In the near future, I will introduce a resolution designating September 23 through 27, 2019, as “Pennsylvania Clean Energy Week.”

Pennsylvania is committed to clean and renewable energy that benefits our economy and environment. Clean and readily abundant forms of energy are powering more homes and businesses than ever before.

The clean and renewable energy sector is a growing part of this Commonwealth’s economy, growing at a current rate of 6% annually (five times faster than statewide job growth), and has been a key driver of economic growth in Pennsylvania in recent years, with the number of jobs in the clean and renewable energy sector in Pennsylvania now standing at more than 90,000.

The production costs of clean and renewable energy are now the lowest in United States history, averaging $45 per megawatt hour (MWh). This trend, emerging through a broad base of project developers and investors, especially the Pennsylvania banking sector, makes clean and renewable energy projects more accessible than ever before to Pennsylvania farms, communities and local governments.

With the recent introduction of SB 705, the Community Solar Act, Pennsylvania ratepayers can join together, reduce their utility bills and increase their use of clean & renewable energy and benefit from the bill’s streamlining of regulations and cutting of red tape when they build community solar projects.

The United States Department of Defense and its partners in the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs have, through their infrastructure efficiency upgrades, power generation modernization, and clean energy generation projects at Fort Indiantown Gap and across numerous sites in the Commonwealth, set a new standard for National Guard and Reserve installations across the country and are continuing to promote national security through the domestic development of clean and renewable energy thereby reducing our dependence on foreign sources of energy.

I hope that you will join me in co-sponsoring this resolution designating the week of September 23-27, 2019 as Pennsylvania Clean Energy Week.

Introduced as SR197