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Energy Legislation

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania granted PennFuture’s petition for review of an appellate court decision allowing high volume hydraulic gas drilling in areas zoned as “residential-agricultural.” PennFuture submitted its opening brief to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on August 1, 2016, a reply brief on September 19, 2016, and awaits oral arguments.

In 2014, PennFuture secured a victory in Pennsylvania’s Court of Common Pleas on behalf of its clients, four residents of Fairfield Township, Lycoming County, appealing a conditional use permit issued by Township Supervisors for high volume gas drilling operation in a district zoned "residential-agricultural.” The drilling company, Inflection Energy, LLC, and the Township appealed the lower court’s decision. The Commonwealth Court reversed the lower court’s decision finding the proposed gas development was similar to and compatible with other uses in the residential-agricultural zoned area.

PennFuture challenged the validity of Mt. Pleasant Township’s ordinance allowing gas drilling in all zoned districts, including a proposed natural gas drilling site in close proximity to a school.

Energy Policies

Introduced: Sen. John Blake (D)
Creates the Penn-STAR Program, the Commonwealth's first Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program. This would allow municipalities to voluntarily create a C-PACE program and float a bond to cover the upfront cost of commercial building owners retrofitting properties for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Owners would pay back the loan through their property tax bill.

More Information:
Letter of Support (February 2017)

Introduced: Sen. Guy Reschenthaler (R)
Limits state methane regulations to not exceed what the federal EPA has already set.

More Information:
Fact Sheet: PA Methane Problem
Fact Sheet: Methane Pollution

Agency: DEP
Proposed updates to General Plan Approval and General Operating Permit for unconventional natural gas well site operations and remote pigging stations (GP-5A) as well as permit for natural gas compressor stations, processing plants, and transmission stations (GP-5). The update includes best available technologies aimed at reducing methane leaks at new unconventional gas well pads, compressor stations, and processing facilities. Permit updates also includes requiring increased use of leak detection and repair (LDAR) processes.

More Information:
Pennsylvania Bulletin Notice
Proposed Changes
Public Comment Page
Letter: Rep. Daryl Metcalfe
Letter: Sen. Gene Yaw and Senate Leaders
DEP Response Letter to Senate Letter
PennFuture Response Letter to Rep. Metcalfe

Agency: PUC
Opens the door to new fees on net metered distributed generation, and requires an independent load on remote sites before virtual meter aggregation is allowed. 

More Information:
Pennsylvania Bulletin Notice
Public Comment Page
PennFuture Public Comments

Energy Blogs

PennFuture President and CEO Larry Schweiger discusses the latest news.
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Get involved and join the next meeting June 8 in Pittsburgh.
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Energy News

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26 steps Governor Wolf can take to improve Pennsylvania’s environment and economy
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