HARRISBURG –The Pennsylvania Sustainable Energy Board (PASEB), in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), will hold its annual meeting at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Hearing Room 4 of the Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North St., Harrisburg. In the event of inclement weather, the annual meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, at the same location and time.
The meeting will provide updates from the regional Sustainable Energy Funds (SEFs) and 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. and Pennsylvania Electric Co. SEF will highlight an $18.9 million Titanium Mill relocation/reconstruction energy efficiency project, its ongoing energy audit program, an energy efficiency grant to Pocono Environmental Education Center, and other key activities from 2015.
The West Penn Power Co. SEF will provide an overview of programs and projects it has supported, including recently completed projects such as the Elk Country Visitor Center and the Geisinger Health System.
The PPL Sustainable Energy Fund will highlight its nonprofit energy savings agreement program.
The PECO Sustainable Development Fund will present information on its community solar project in the Philadelphia Navy Yard, a proposed landfill gas/coke oven gas project in Westmoreland County and its building energy conservation financing program.
Chairman Gladys M. Brown will provide opening remarks. Representatives from the Department of Environmental Protection, the Office of Consumer Advocate, the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Pennsylvania 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.
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