The Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(6) corporation dedicated to promoting the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries in Pennsylvania. In 2006, KEEA was founded in response to the pending expiration of utility rate caps in Pennsylvania and the state’s lack of energy efficiency policies.
With over 50 business members as well as nonprofit and government partners, KEEA advocates on behalf of clean energy 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.
KEEA’s sister organization, the KEEA Energy Education Fund (KEEF) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation, with the mission of increasing the energy efficiency of Pennsylvania’s buildings through education and awareness.
KEEF monitors and supports energy efficiency policies, regulations, and legislation at local, state, and federal levels; educates the public about energy conservation and efficiency; provides forums for sharing best practices; provides rapid information-exchange platforms to keep abreast of energy efficiency developments as they happen; and promotes feedback mechanisms on market transformation activities in the field. KEEF is committed to long-term, transformative clean energy solutions and not simply attracting resources to energy efficiency that are “here today but gone tomorrow.”
KEEF’s key initiatives include Moving to the Head of the Class, an energy efficiency award program among K-12 schools in Pennsylvania.
KEEF and KEEA are the only nonprofit corporations dedicated solely to the support of energy efficiency policies in Pennsylvania.
In 2014, KEEA became the official Pennsylvania State Partner of Advanced Energy Economy, a national organization working to create a better business climate for the advanced energy sector across the United States. AEE and its partners work together to leverage success at the state and regional level for impact on the national stage through outreach, policy efforts, communications and media.
In 2006, KEEA was founded in response to the pending expiration of utility rate caps in Pennsylvania and the state’s lack of energy efficiency policies. In 2007, KEEA’s core partners developed a statewide Energy Action Agenda to help remove market and regulatory barriers in order to ensure that energy efficiency becomes a central policy objective in Pennsylvania. Since then, over 65 diverse energy service providers, businesses, and non-profits have signed on to KEEA’s Energy Action Agenda.
• Monitor and support the full implementation of Pennsylvania Act 129.
• Extend and expand Pennsylvania Act 129 to require that utility conservation programs continue beyond 2013 and include natural gas, fuel oil, and propane customers.
• Actively participate in national efforts to advance energy efficiency initiatives.
• Support the adoption and implementation of the recommendations found in ACEEE’s Pennsylvania study.
• Strengthen grassroots energy efficiency advocates by connecting them with KEEA members and other energy efficiency contractors and stakeholders.
• Promote energy efficiency market transformation by providing KEEA members with an array of benefits, including business opportunities and seminars on timely topics.
• KEEA members were instrumental in the design and passage of the Alternative Energy Investment Act of 2007, which invested $50 million in residential energy efficiency and was Pennsylvania’s first significant investment in energy efficiency outside the low-income residential sector.
• KEEA members conducted a broad based, statewide public education and advocacy effort which led to the successful passage of Pennsylvania Act 129 (House Bill 2200) in October 2008, requiring utility companies to develop energy efficiency programs for all customers.
• In April 2009, the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA), one of KEEA’s founders, commissioned a report from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) entitled “Potential for Energy Efficiency, Demand Response, and Onsite Solar Energy in Pennsylvania” in April 2009. The report found that fully 35% of all of Pennsylvania’s energy needs could be cost effectively met through energy efficiency and conservation, saving $5 billion a year and yielding 27,000 new jobs in the process.
• KEEA has filed testimony before the Senate Consumer Affairs and Professional Licensure Committee, the Public Utility Commission, and other legislative committees.
• KEEA supports the Keystone Help Loan Program through advocacy and education.
• KEEA has worked with National Save Energy Coalition, Efficiency First and others to promote and advocate for climate change legislation and the federal Home Star program.