Wednesday, December 31, 2014

PUC To Host PA Statewide Sustainable Energy Board Meeting Jan. 15

The PA Sustainable Energy Board, in conjunction with the Public Utility Commission, will hold its annual meeting at 11 a.m., January 15 in Hearing Room 1 of the Commonwealth Keystone Building, Harrisburg.
The meeting will provide updates from the regional Sustainable Energy Funds (SEFs) and is being held to update Commonwealth agencies and other interested groups on the funds' activities.
Some of the projects being discussed at the meeting will include the following:
— The Metropolitan-Edison Co. (Met-Ed) and Pennsylvania Electric Co. (Penelec) Sustainable Energy Fund will highlight its mapping project that was completed last year and shows funding allocations since inception of the funds.
— The West Penn Power Co. Sustainable Energy Fund will provide an overview of programs and projects which it helped to co-fund. The PennSEF bond finance program, a recently launched program with the PA Treasury Department, will be discussed in detail.
— The Sustainable Energy Fund, operating in the PPL Electric Utilities Inc. service territory, will highlight an LED lighting project at the Harrisburg International Airport.
— The Sustainable Development Fund, operating in the PECO service territory, will present information on a new financing model where third party providers are financed instead of the building owner or borrower.
Representatives from the Department of Environmental Protection, the Office of Consumer Advocate, the Department of Community and Economic Development, and the PA Environmental Council have been invited to attend.
The PASEB was originally established by the Commission in 1999 to provide oversight, guidance and technical assistance to the regional sustainable energy boards that fund projects such as wind farms, solar power systems, smart thermostat programs and the construction of buildings using energy efficient technologies.
On Aug. 7, 2003, the Commission issued an order further defining the role of the PASEB. That order charged the PASEB with holding an annual meeting; enhancing communications among the four funds and state agencies; and establishing bylaws and a "best business practices" model.
In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held January 29 at the same location and time.

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