Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee Approves Solar Energy Bill

On September 22, 2010, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee approved House Bill 1128.  House Bill 1128, which increases penalties for gas pipeline safety violations, was amended to increase the solar energy mandate in Tier I of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards.

In 2004, the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act required that a certain percentage of retail electricity sold to customers come from specified resources.  House Bill 1128 would triple the amount of solar in the state’s solar energy requirement, from 0.5 percent to 1.5 percent by 2021.  This increase would substantially increase solar power in the Commonwealth and place Pennsylvania at the forefront of the solar industry.

The bill would also gradually decrease the alternative compliance structure payment scale, by reducing the $240 per megawatt hour per year to $45 per megawatt hour per year in 2021.

“Increasing the Commonwealth’s standards for solar energy is just one piece of the puzzle for Pennsylvania to become more energy independent. Legislation such as this will help create jobs, reduce peak energy needs during the time when the sun is the hottest, and decrease consumer energy bills,” said Tomlinson.

House Bill 1128 now heads to the full Senate for a vote.



Fran Cleaver
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