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November 02, 2005

Pennsylvania Advances Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Biodiesel

October was a busy month for Pennsylvania: Since mid-month, the state awarded 87 energy grants, offered clean energy financing, and helped dedicate two new energy projects. Pennsylvania awarded 97 grants totaling $488,830 to small businesses, mainly for energy efficiency improvements and for installing auxiliary power units in trucks to reduce idling, which wastes fuel and causes unnecessary pollution. Three grants were awarded to solar and wind energy systems, and about 10 others went to projects not related to energy. The state also requested applications for financing to support wind, solar, biomass, and other energy projects. The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority is providing $3.5 million for grants, loans, or loan guarantees, and applications are due November 15th. In addition, the state marked two projects that were financed in part by its Energy Harvest Program: a landfill gas project that not only generates power, but also sells treated landfill gas to three local manufacturers for use in their boilers, and a biodiesel facility at a fuel terminal that precisely blends the fuel with diesel fuel. See the State of Pennsylvania press releases about the energy efficiency grants, the clean energy financing, and the landfill gas and biodiesel projects.

And that's not all: The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) is offering about $2 million in grants to support new wind power projects in the state. The wind projects must begin commercial operation by the end of next year, and once the SDF determines the total grant for each project, it will be doled out at a rate of 1.5 cents per kilowatt-hour of wind power generated. Applications are due by November 23rd. Created by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission when PECO Energy was restructured, the SDF lends within the PECO Energy's five-county service territory. See the SDF Web site.