Monday, January 21, 2013

Vitali to host renewable energy hearing

State Rep. Greg Vitali, D-166, of Haverford, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee about renewable energy next week.

The hearing will take begin at 10 a.m. Jan. 29 at Ludington Library, located at 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Bryn Mawr, Lower Merion.

The hearing will focus on two bills proposed by Vitali, minority chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. The committee will hear testimony about House Bill 100 which will increase the amount of electricity that electric distribution companies like PECO must obtain from renewable sources to 15 percent by 2023. The current requirement is 8 percent by 2021, according to Vitali.

The committee will also hear testimony about House Bill 200 which would provide $25 million a year to the PA Sunshine Solar program, which is currently out of money, according to Vitali. The program provides rebates to homeowners and small businesses that install solar systems.

Scheduled speakers include:
-Brian Crowe, PECO's vice president of Energy Acquisition;
-Tom Bell, former executive director of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Technology Development;
-Bruce Burcat, executive director of Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition;
-Christina Simeone, director of PennFuture's Energy Development Center; and
-Tanya McCloskey, acting Consumer Advocate.

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