Growing the market for energy efficiency in PA

WHO WE ARE

KEEA advocates on behalf of energy efficiency professionals on the local, state, and federal levels. By representing the interests of the clean energy industry in Pennsylvania, KEEA is growing the market for energy efficiency and helping the Keystone State secure a prosperous, sustainable tomorrow.

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Sustaining Members

65,289+

EE Jobs in PA

10

Years of Act 129

42%

Construction EE Jobs

6%

PA EE Industry Growth/Year

POLICY

PA Act 129

Act 129 is Pennsylvania’s flagship energy efficiency law. Signed into law by Governor Ed Rendell in 2008, the Act requires each of Pennsylvania’s seven major electric distribution companies (EDCs) to reduce energy use within its service territory. In the first seven years of the law, utility programs, to meet reduction targets, have delivered $6.4 billion in benefits to all customer classes.

Schools

The KEEA Energy Education Fund (KEEF) works on several projects to advance energy efficiency is Pennsylvania schools. KEEF holds an award ceremony for four Pennsylvania schools that demonstrated they have made the most progress in conserving energy and engaging the educational community.

C-PACE

Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, is a new and exciting policy priority for KEEA that we hope will grow the opportunities for businesses to take advantage of energy efficiency in the Commonwealth. PACE is an energy efficiency and clean energy financing tool that is being used across the country to provide building owners with up-front capital to fund energy efficiency projects and retrofits at existing and new buildings.

Rate Design

Revenue decoupling is a form of utility regulation that seeks to better align utility financial incentives with the goal of achieving increased energy efficiency in the Commonwealth. As energy efficiency and other technologies become more common, customers are using less electricity, and saving money on their bills. However, under the Commonwealth’s current cost-of-service utility regulation, when customers consume less electricity, utilities collect less revenue. Therefore, there is little incentive for utilities to grow the efficiency market.

Benchmarking Resources

Benchmarking is the practice of comparing the measured performance of a device, process, facility, or organization to itself, its peers, or established norms, with the goal of informing and motivating performance improvement. When applied to building energy use, benchmarking serves as a mechanism to measure energy performance of a single building over time, relative to other similar buildings, or to modeled simulations of a reference building built to a specific standard (such as an energy code).

Developing Issue Areas

KEEA is following many new legal, policy and advocacy issues as they develop at the local, state and federal levels. Visit often to see what we're watching and beginning to work on, next!

BE.3 - Engaging Business, Telling Your Energy Story

Geisinger

Geisinger

PA Act 129 rebates totaling $161,000.00 enabled Geisinger, one of PA's largest employers, to install a combined heat & power and steam turbine plant in Danville. This technology is so efficient that it allows Geisinger to power its hospital essentially for free.

Here & Now Brewing

Here & Now Brewing

Job creator and small business owner Allaina Propst opened her dream business in her hometown of Honesdale, PA. From the start, PPL and Act 129 rebate programs helped her get up and running in brewing and operating a restaurant with all new energy efficient equipment and systems.

DMI Industries

DMI Industries

Twenty two percent of Pennsylvania's clean energy jobs are in manufacturing energy-saving products such as components of heating and cooling systems. DMI Companies' employees are part of Pennsylvania's 65,000-strong and growing energy efficiency workforce.

Energy Coordinating Agency

Energy Coordinating Agency

Training workers for jobs in a growing industry, serving local communities in need and improving lives through access to energy efficiency, ECA is a regional leader in energy efficiency in Southeast Pennsylvania. ECA has trained nearly 5,000 workers for careers in the growing clean energy and energy efficiency industries.

Four Seasons Produce

Four Seasons Produce

Four Seasons utilized Act 129 rebates to implement energy efficiency retrofits, such as installing LED lighting and upgrading HVAC systems. This helped reduce energy use by 17 percent, and Four Seasons has been able to reinvest those savings into core operations that support local jobs and economic development.

SMART & SMACNA

SMART & SMACNA

SMART (Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers Union) and SMACNA (Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association) have been providing energy efficiency and clean energy job training to members since Act 129, Pennsylvania's cornerstone energy efficiency policy, was passed. As a result, their members are an integral part of the state's growing clean energy economy.

Ronald McDonald House Philadelphia

Ronald McDonald House Philadelphia

Ronald McDonald House expands services for families of children with cancer by saving energy and money with energy efficient upgrades through Act 129 programs, in existing building retrofits and new construction.

Benton Foundry

Benton Foundry

Employing 250 people in a 225,000 sq. ft. facility, Benton Foundry is a state-of-the-art, fully-automated facility that pours approximately 175 tons of gray and ductile iron per day, with expansion plans to pour 250 tons per day. Specializing in moderate volume parts, Benton Foundry has continuously invested in upgrades to their manufacturing facility through a series of 5-year plans. Receiving $125,000 in rebates through Act 129 for various projects, Benton Foundry saves $174,000 per year on their electric bill.

Our Team

Matt Elliott

Matt Elliott

Executive Director
    Eric Miller

    Eric Miller

    Policy Counsel
      Julian Boggs

      Julian Boggs

      Policy Director
        Diana Marques

        Diana Marques

        Business Engagement Manager
          D. Laninga

          D. Laninga

          Programs Manager
            Matt Mahoney

            Matt Mahoney

            KEEA West Program Manager
              Bailey Smith

              Bailey Smith

              U Penn Kleinman Center for Energy Policy Summer Fellow

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