PPL Electric Utilities and FirstEnergy Corporation customers and service and materials providers can learn how to save money through energy rebates, incentives, programs and more at two upcoming breakfast seminars hosted by SEDA-Council of Governments’ Energy Resource Center.
The interactive Energizing Our Region seminars focus on revised energy efficiency programs that became effective on June 1. These renewable technology and energy-efficient practices and products started with PA Act 129 of 2009, and in its first three years, helped Pennsylvanians save $4.2 billion in electricity costs, according to the state Public Utility Commission. Now in its third phase, the program may offer additional savings for participants.
Since the programs’ last phase, many of the energy incentives offered by major electric utilities, including PPL and FirstEnergy, have changed. The voluntary demand response program is returning. Rebates for lighting and other efficient equipment continue to change with the technology. Programs to reduce residential energy use have expanded. The delivery of programs through private sector contractors continues with some changes.
Paid for by electric utility customers as a line item on their monthly bills, the rebates offered through these programs reduce the capital costs of investments in equipment and audits that reduce customers’ electricity use.
The first workshop is for service and materials providers and PPL customers. It will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on July 15 at Country Cupboard, 101 Hafer Road, Lewisburg. The speaker will be John Kucher, Customer Programs specialist supervisor, Energy Efficiency, PPL.
The next workshop is for service and materials providers and FirstEnergy customers. It will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on July 22 at Celebration Hall, 2280 Commercial Blvd., State College. The speaker will be Todd Kirkpatrick, C&I Energy Efficiency program manager, FirstEnergy.
In addition to PPL and First Energy customers, equipment vendors, contractors, architects and engineers and others that provide goods and services could benefit from these seminars.
The seminars are $25 each and registration is required. To register or for more information, click HERE, or contact SEDA-COG’s Jake Newton at 570-524-4491 ext. 7289 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
These seminars are made possible with the assistance of a state Department of Environmental Protection Environmental education grant.
The Energy Resource Center is a SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) program dedicated to developing the region as a center for efficient and renewable energy technology and expertise. Its joint goals include retaining the region’s quality of life while enhancing its economy and reducing the energy-related costs of its residents, businesses and local governments. For more information about the Center, visit http://sedacog.org/erc/.