Energy Efficiency

Wiser energy use at home and in the workplace can reduce energy bills and help reduce pollution. Using energy more efficiently, whether by installing compact fluorescent light bulbs, buying more efficient appliances, or better insulating walls and windows, can lead to considerable economic savings and substantial decreases in air pollution. Simple efficiency improvements can save up to 50 per cent on energy bills. Reducing the energy used by the consumer through improved efficiency measures also helps to ease the demand placed on electric utilities for power.

The Council has long been a champion of energy efficiency programs for low-income ratepayers. Clean Air Council recently intervened in the First Energy-Allegheny merger case to gain additional funding for low-income electricity consumers in the Pennsylvania service territory. Furthermore, the Council started the Sustainable Energy Education Program (SEEP) in 2001 to educate the public about saving energy through conservation and energy efficiency. The program has been expanded to assist Pennsylvania utilities with their Act 129 requirements to reduce energy demand by consumers. The Council will continue to work with utilities in the Mid-Atlantic region to promote energy efficiency; likewise the Council will also continue its outreach to the community on the benefits of using energy more efficiently.

Testimony of
Logan Welde
Staff Attorney
Clean Air Council
Before the

Earlier this summer the Senate Appropriations Committee announced its intention to defund the Energy Efficiency Hub in South Philadelphia's Navy Yard and now Senator Bob Casey has written this letter to Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz telling him that the Hub is an important part of Pennsylvania's efforts toward efficiency. The Council thanks Senator Casey for supporting consumption reduction.

 Philadelphia Now Requires Many Building Owners to Report Their Building’s Energy and Water Consumption.

Following the PA Public Utility Commission's adoption of its Act 129 Phase II Final Implementation Order, several utilities, including PECO, PPL, and First Energy Companies, challenged various aspects of the Final Order through petitions for reconsideration and petitions for evidentiary hearin

On August 2nd, the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued its Final Implementation Order on Phase II of Act 129 Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) Programs.  To the dismay of the Council and its allies, the substance of the Final Order remains largely unchanged from that of