For documents describing what local governments have done to reduce GHG emissions and descriptions of how to develop a GHG reduction strategy at the local level see Technical Support Docs on this website.
Programs that may help finance improvement in energy efficiency at the local level or increase use of non-fossil energy include:
Keystone HELP Residential Energy Efficiency Program
The Keystone HELP Residential Energy Efficiency Program provides low-interest rate loans and rebates to Pennsylvania residents for energy efficiency improvements to their homes, including the installation of ENERGY STAR qualified or even higher performance heating and air conditioning systems, geothermal systems, insulation and air sealing, and more. The Department of Environmental Protection is offering the program with our partners, the Pennsylvania Treasury Department, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and AFC First Financial. Click the link above to visit the Keystone HELP website or call toll free at (888) AFC-FIRST (232-3477).
Sustainable Energy Funds
In Pennsylvania, there are four funds created as a result of the restructuring plans of five electric companies. The funds are designed to promote the development of sustainable and renewable energy programs and clean-air technologies on both a regional and statewide basis. The funds have provided more than $20 million in loans and $1.8 million in grants to over 100 projects. The Sustainable Energy Funds are generally independent of state government, though the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission does have jurisdiction over them. The four renewable and sustainable energy funds include:
- West Penn Power
- Metropolitan Edison (Met-Ed) and Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec)
- PPL Sustainable Energy Fund of Central/Eastern PA
- PECO Energy
Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program
The Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) Program provides financial assistance and information on alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles, hybrid vehicles, anti-idling technologies that use alternatives to diesel fuel for heavy duty trucks, and advanced vehicle technology research, development, and demonstration.
Federal Incentive Programs
The Energy Policy Act of 2005, the new national energy law signed by President Bush on August 8, 2005, provides valuable federal tax credits for consumers. Information is available through the Tax Incentives Assistance Project, the Alliance to Save Energy and Energy Star.