Policy Committee explores benefits of clean-energy jobs in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, April 11 – With testimony presented from multiple industry experts, the House Democratic Policy Committee today held a public hearing at the Capitol on the benefit Pennsylvania’s economy could see by implementing clean-energy jobs.

The hearing was co-chaired by Reps. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, and Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery.

“What we heard today was testimony from myriad experts explaining just how much Pennsylvania’s economy could benefit from an investment in clean-energy jobs,” Krueger-Braneky said. “Once my colleagues in the House and Senate learn the facts, I'm sure they will jump at the opportunity for job growth and work in a bipartisan fashion to move Pennsylvania toward a more diversified energy economy.”

Topics discussed included the Pennsylvania Jobs Project study, the Clean Power Plan, the federal Power Initiative, Combined Heat and Power technology, achieving energy efficiency and transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy.

McCarter said: “Climate change and its impact on Pennsylvania and the world is a critical issue. It is settled science. It threatens our national security and the stability of the entire planet. When it comes to Pennsylvania jobs, it is imperative that the legislature find ways to transition our traditional fossil-fuel-energy jobs to opportunities that embrace clean energy while maintaining the integrity and vitality of communities across the state. Clean-energy jobs will provide increased job opportunities, help in the fight to control greenhouse emissions and provide an economic stimulus for the entire state.”

“Pennsylvania has the prospect of becoming a leading innovator for clean-energy jobs in the U.S.,” Daley said. “We must continue to seek ways to create these jobs and move the commonwealth closer to energy independence.”

Testifiers included: John Quigley, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Liz Robinson, executive director of the Energy Coordinating Agency; Ken MacDougal, director of business development for the National Electrical Contractors Association, PE-DE-NJ Chapter; Nancy Mifflin, mid-Atlantic regional coordinator of the American Association of Blacks in Energy; Ron Celentano, president of the Pennsylvania Solar Energy Industries Association; Erin Miller, policy counsel for the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance; and Khari Mosely, Pennsylvania regional programs manager for the BlueGreen Alliance. 

Testimony will be uploaded to www.pahouse.com/PolicyCommittee/HearingMaterials/