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Pennsylvania Final Climate Change Action Plan

Date Last Updated8/5/2013
Policy TypeState Climate Change Plan
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficePennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Policy Initiation Date12/18/2009
Policy SummaryOn December 18, 2009, Pennsylvania issued the state's final Climate Change Action Plan. In accordance with Senate Bill 266 (the Pennsylvania Climate Change Act) signed on July 9, 2008, a new plan must be developed every 3 years.

The Pennsylvania Final Climate Change Action Plan recommends promoting CHP as part of the Energy Generation, Transmission, and Distribution recommendations. Recommendation 9, Promote Combined Heat and Power, recognizes CHP as an option for reducing fuel use and GHG emissions and suggests several policies that could be implemented in Pennsylvania to increase CHP, including:
  • Recruiting suitable end-users to a centralized location to utilize the waste heat of CHP systems.
  • Promoting CHP technologies through tax benefits, attractive financing, utility rebates, and feed-in tariffs.
  • Removing barriers to CHP development, such as utility rate structures that allow discounted electric rates to compete with CHP.
  • Designing interconnection standards to facilitate economical and efficient CHP connection to the grid.
  • Including CHP electricity in energy efficiency or renewables targets.
  • Considering the economic and environmental benefits of CHP as a resource in each electric utility's Integrated Resource Plan.
The recommendation lists financial incentives that are currently available and could support CHP such as the existing Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) grants, Green Energy Works, and Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) programs. It is also recommended that minimum thermal efficiency standards be specified to assist in evaluating CHP projects. Additionally, biomass-fueled CHP is assessed as part of the Forestry Work Plan Recommendations, where the creation of and support for biomass fuel markets is recommended.
Resource Website(s) http://www.elibrary.dep.state.pa.us/dsweb/Get/Document-77736/
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