Gov. Edward G. Rendell, D-Pa., has introduced an Energy Independence Strategy that would save consumers $10 billion over the next 10 years, promote Pennsylvania's energy independence and create 13,000 new jobs.
According to Rebecca Bagley, the deputy secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the governor will implement his strategy by expanding the commonwealth's clean energy business sector. Through the strategy, he plans to invest $850 million to help reduce the commonwealth's dependence on foreign fuels.
‘The governor's Energy Independence Strategy provides a roadmap to reduce consumption, lower costs and establish Pennsylvania's position as a leader in renewable energy production,’ said Bagley during her address to the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry. ‘Using smart and strategic policies, we'll be able to attract hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of new investments and create thousands of new jobs.’
The strategy provides new options for businesses to reduce their electricity bills, including a grant or loan through the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority to fund an energy efficiency and demand management project. The strategy would also install 20 kW solar systems through the Pennsylvania Sunshine Solar Initiative, saving business owners over $2,000 a year on energy costs and providing a rebate of up to $25,000.