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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 5, 2022 11:17 AM
From: Senator Gene Yaw
To: All Senate members
Subject: Energy Choice Legislation
Energy policies, if any, throughout the United States vary greatly.  Some states leave major energy policy decisions to the lowest municipal level.  With over 2500 municipal entities in Pennsylvania, such a potential scenario would create a policy founded on an unworkable patchwork of restrictions and further deny residents access to differing energy resources.  Given the importance of all energy sources to Pennsylvania, it is simply prudent government policy for the state to preempt this field, which is why I intend to reintroduce SB 275 from the 2020-2022 legislative session. 
My bill will place decisions regarding restrictions on the use of any energy source in housing and commercial energy applications solely within the purview of the state.   This will ensure that all Pennsylvania businesses and homeowners have the opportunity to access energy, whether it be natural gas, solar, wind, geothermal or other.   Further, this legislation will be a step forward in developing a statewide energy policy addressing all forms.
I hope you will join me in preserving the Commonwealth's authority to set energy policy and ensure that all Pennsylvanians are able to benefit from our resources.

Introduced as SB143