What is Act 129?
Following the creation of KEEA’s 2007 Energy Action Agenda, KEEA developed legislation that would require electric utilities to conserve energy. Under the Special Energy Session called by Governor Rendell in April 2007, more than 50 bills were under consideration by the House and Senate. Because of the challenges posed by the pending expiration of electric rate caps, KEEA focused on legislation that would offer energy efficiency programs to utility customers. Ultimately, KEEA supported Special Session House Bill 2200 and Senate Bill 35. In October 2008, after meetings with legislators, lobby days, and support from other energy groups, KEEA ensured the passage of House Bill 2200 as Act 129, the Utility Energy Efficiency Act. The act takes significant steps towards energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the reduction of peak demand.
PA Act 129 requires each of the seven Pennsylvania electric distribution companies to reduce energy demand and consumption within its service territory. It requires a 1% reduction by May 31, 2011, a 3% reduction in consumption by May 31, 2013, and an attendant 4.5% reduction in peak demand by May 31, 2013. This represents a statewide energy conservation program of over $108 million per year.
On June 1, 2016, Phase III, a five year extension of Act 129, began. KEEA continues to monitor the implementation of Act 129, and works to protect this law from anti-energy efficiency legislation.
For details on the plans and progress, go to the PUC Act 129 web page.