Siptroth’s green energy bill wins committee approval

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HARRISBURG, PA – State Rep. John Siptroth’s bill that would encourage the state to test new green energy technologies so it can reduce energy consumption, save money and create new jobs was approved by the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today.

“This bill is a road map the state needs so it can test and use advanced green technologies,” said Siptroth, D-Monroe/Pike. “I’m pleased by today’s action and I’m hoping for a quick vote by the House of Representatives to pass my bill.”

House Bill 2601, which would create the Green Technology Implementation Act, spells out how the state can test technology that saves energy or promotes renewable energy technology and sets criteria that the technology must meet to be considered for testing and use by the state.

Under Siptroth’s bill, the secretary of the Department of General Services could direct a state agency to test the effectiveness of a technology or process if it is determined it may promote energy conservation or renewable energy technology.

For a technology to be considered, it must be proven it will not harm safety. Sufficient research and development must have been taken, and the technology would have to have the potential to be used commercially two years after the agency’s testing. The testing would be done at no cost to the state; the technology company would bear the cost.

If the technology were shown to reduce energy use or if it reduced the reliance on fossil fuels or greenhouse gas emissions, its use could be expanded to all state agencies.

“My legislation will result in energy cost savings for Pennsylvania’s taxpayers by reducing the state’s energy bills,” Siptroth said. “At the same time, it will help the economy by increasing jobs in the design, manufacturing and installation of green technology. It’s a win-win for the Commonwealth.”

Connecticut passed similar legislation last October. Since then, the state has tested several technologies and the procurement process has been trimmed down to a matter of months.