Friday, March 9, 2018

Finding PA's Solar Future Stakeholder Group Offers Comments On Draft Plan

DEP's Finding PA's Solar Future Stakeholder Group Thursday offered comments on a draft plan they helped develop over the past year to increase in-state solar-generated electricity to 10 percent by 2030.
The planning process is looking at several potential tools for achieving that goal--
-- Regulation: How can Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (based on Act 213 of 2004) be modified to support more forward-looking objectives than the current requirement that solar photovoltaic energy provide .5 percent of Pennsylvania’s net electricity generation by 2021?
-- Operations and systems: How to integrate solar into the current grid cost-effectively.
-- Market transformation via incentives and business models: This will include provisions to ensure that low-income consumers and other traditionally underrepresented groups aren’t excluded from the benefits of solar.
The next step in the process is to incorporate the feedback from the stakeholder group and others and produce another draft of the plan in early April and then get expert review of that draft.
The goal is to release a revised draft plan for public comment in June.
Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office.
For more information on this initiative, visit DEP’s Finding PA's Solar Future Stakeholder Group webpage.  Questions should be directed to David Althoff, DEP Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance Office, 717-783-0542 or send email to:
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