The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has submitted its Climate Change Action Plan Update to Gov. Tom Corbett and the state legislature highlighting efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, including $5.5 million in solar rebates to homeowners and small businesses.
The plan identifies initiatives undertaken by Pennsylvania to reduce greenhouse gases and outlines possible strategies for the continued lowering of emissions. In addition to solar rebates, which have been available since January 2013, the DEP plan provides for more stringent requirements for the natural gas industry to reduce methane emissions, grants for alternative fuel vehicles and loans for homeowners to improve energy efficiency.
‘As this plan shows, Pennsylvanians can be proud of the progress we are all making toward improving air quality and addressing climate change,’ says DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo, in a statement. ‘Much of this success can be attributed to expanding the use and availability of renewable and alternative energy sources, higher standards for mobile and stationary sources of emissions and DEP's continued commitment to effective programs.’
The Pennsylvania Climate Change Act of 2008 requires the DEP to submit an updated climate change plan to the governor every three years. To read a draft of the updated Climate Change Action Plan, click here.