Wednesday, April 14, 2021

House Committee Meets April 19 To Consider Bill Authorizing Solar Energy Subscriber Programs

The House Consumer Affairs Committee is scheduled to hold a meeting April 19 on House Bill 1161 (Mizgorski-R-Allegheny) authorizing the establishment of a local solar energy subscriber program, the former House Bill 1970 from last session.  

This legislation was one of two bills introduced last session to promote the growth of solar energy in Pennsylvania, but in different ways.

House Bill 1161 has been supported by Duquesne Light, the Energy Association of PA and the Edison Electric Institute, traditional electric distribution/ generation groups. Read more here.

The other bill-- House Bill 531 (Kaufer-R-Luzerne) and its companion Senate Bill 705 (Scavello-R- Monroe) from last session reintroduced as Senate Bill 472 by Sen. Scavello this session-- have been supported by the Pennsylvania Conservative Energy Forum, the Coalition for Community Solar Access, Community Energy and other groups.  Read more here.

At the end of last session, the former Majority Chair of the Committee Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) encouraged the groups to get together to see if they could work out language for a single bill.

The meeting will be in Room G-50 Irvis Building starting at Noon.  Click Here to watch live.

Rep. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver) serves as Majority Chair of the House Consumer Affairs Committee and can be contacted by calling 717-260-6432 or sending email to:  Rep. Robert Matzie (D-Beaver) serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by calling 717-787-4444 or sending email to:

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-- Sen. Dush Introduces Senate Bill 530 Requiring Recycling Of Solar Panels Thru Broken State Electronic Waste Recycling Program.  Read more here.

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-- Sen. Scavello Introduces Bill Authorizing Community Solar Projects; $2 Billion Worth Of Projects Waiting For It To Pass

[Posted: April 14, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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