EPA's carbon regulations; lessons from Denver; EE funding expansion
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Energy Policy Watch:   New EPA carbon ruling will impact some states more than others

On Monday, the EPA released their much-anticipated regulations to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants. The Clean Power Plan will require power plants across the nation, as a whole, to reduce annual carbon emissions by 30% from the 2005 baseline by 2030. States will have to submit separate plans for how they will meet their individual reduction goals. Although the proposal allows each state’s plan to be flexible, it is expected that coal-fired power plants will still be subject to the brunt of its enforcement. 

More:  "Everything you need to know about the EPA’s proposed rule on coal plants" (Washington Post)

What does this mean for Pennsylvania?

Each state must submit its own plan to meet the EPA target reductions. The EPA has offered four pathways ranging from emission limits set on power plants to improving energy efficiency. States can also form or join regional programs.

In April, the PA DEP submitted a recommended framework to the EPA outlining its preferred approach to achieving carbon reductions. As always,the devil is in the details, and more will be known about the implementation strategy and anticipated effects over the next few weeks. 
More:  "Carbon Rule Falls Unevenly on PJM States"  (RTO Insider)
Pennsylvania and Colorado face similar policy challenges
As part of the Allegheny Conference's leadership exchange trip to Denver, more than 40 business and civic leaders met with Colorado energy and sustainability experts to learn what lessons could be brought back to Pittsburgh.
The group learned that Colorado adopted regulations intended to eliminate any leakage of methane from pipelines, compressors, and other equipment earlier this year. The regulations were developed through negotiations between drillers (most notably Andarko and Noble Energy) and environmentalists (most notably the Environmental Defense Fund).
Colorado could also be facing a number of constitutional referenda this fall  intended to limit fracking, including giving local municipalities the power to prohibit the practice. In Pennsylvania, this issue was raised in the PA Supreme Court's ruling last December, which vacated portions of Act 13.

Energy Workforce

ShaleNET wins energy leadership award; featured in global energy workforce study

On May 8th, oil and gas workforce training and education program ShaleNET was honored with the Energy Leadership Award for Workforce Development at the annual Energy Gala, hosted by the Pittsburgh Business Times.  This news came only one month after ShaleNET was nominated for a national award of excellence by the American Association of Community Colleges.  Learn more about ShaleNET >>>

On May 20th, Manpower presented their most recent report, Strategies to Fuel the Energy Workforce, to a group of local human resource executives via a presentation at the Allegheny Conference offices.  The report offers a close look into the forces impacting talent shortages in the energy industry, and outlines an approach for creating replicable, sustainable talent solutions.  ShaleNET was highlighted in the report as an example of a successful and innovative effort to address this gap. 
Download the report >>>

This fall, the Allegheny Conference is expanding its
energy-focused workforce development initiatives. 

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Energy Funding Watch

PA announces new WHEEL financing for energy efficiency retrofits

Upfront costs are a major barrier to implementing energy efficiency projects in homes and businesses.  The newly-launched Warehouse for Energy Efficiency Loans (WHEEL) aims to address that for Pennsylvania homeowners through an affordable revolving loan fund.

An innovative collaboration between the Pennsylvania Treasury, Citigroup Global Markets, and others, WHEEL is currently backing the PA Keystone Home Energy Loan Program program.  When Keystone HELP was launched in 2010, consumer interest greatly exceeded expectations and the program was on pace to exhaust all available public funds.  Now WHEEL will allow large institutional investors a secure way to fund these residential energy efficiency improvements, and in return provide low-cost loans for consumers.  Read more about how WHEEL works

$1,000 to $15,000 loans are available for qualified home improvements on a 1 or 2 unit primary residence.  Learn how to apply

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