Thank You to Our Partners for their Support
Financial Partners

Appalachian Regional Commission

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a federal-state partnership that works for sustainable community and economic development in Appalachia. each year, ARC provides funding for several hundred  projects in the Appalachian Region in areas such as business development, education and job training, telecommunications, infrastructure, community development, housing, and transportation. These projects create thousands of new jobs; improve local water and sewer systems; increase school readiness; expand access to health care; assist local communities with strategic planning; and provide technical and managerial assistance to emerging businesses. The community-wide energy independence project in New Berlin would not be possible without a grant from the ARC, which seeds projects like this throughout the Appalachian Region.Replicating New Berlin’s experience in other communities is an important objective in the eyes of ARC as it can offer valuable direction to other communities as they choose to pursue energy conservation on a community-wide scale.

 

SEDA-Council of Governments

Formed in 1972, SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) is an economic development agency which seeks to enhance growth opportunities and provides numerous services to a diverse clientele within an 11-county service area in central Pennsylvania that includes Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Perry, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties. SEDA-COG is also one of seven Local Development Districts (LDDs) serving Pennsylvania as the federally-designated local partners to the Appalachian Regional Commission. The LDDs offer an array of existing programs that provide hands-on support and technical assistance to a diverse client base, including municipal outreach, technology assistance, transportation planning, local technical assistance programs, broadband aggregation, municipal training, downtown revitalization, GIS/GPS services and many more.

 

Energy Resource Center

SEDA-COG’s Energy Resource Center (ERC) provides energy conservation and renewable energy education, training and technical assistance to residents, local governments, businesses, hospitals, building trades, non-profit agencies and schools throughout its 11-county service area. It assists the building trades and manufacturers to participate in the new renewable and efficient energy market and works to foster the generation, on-site use and local ownership of renewable energy technologies within our region. The ERC provides daily individual technical assistance to manufacturers, local governments, residents and schools to assist them in reducing their energy consumption.

 

SEDA-COG Weatherization Department

Since 1976, SEDA-COG’s Weatherization program, sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), PPL WRAP Program, Penelec Keep WARM Program and UGI Low Income Gas Program, has weatherized over 17,000 homes. The Weatherization program has  weatherized approximately 400 homes per year under utility-funded programs since 1985. These energy conservation services are provided by highly trained and certified technicians with significant field experience.

 

SEDA-COG’s Weatherization program expanded its services in 2007 to provide its energy assessment expertise to households of all income levels, non-profits, commercial businesses and local governments as a fee for service program. As part of SEDA-COG’s third party energy assessments, clients are provided with a report that prioritizes recommendations to help them decide how and where to invest in energy conservation measures. The report also suggests simple, no-cost changes that can be made to reduce energy use. SEDA-COG’s Weatherization technicians will return with their equipment to verify, at no extra charge, that the client or the client’s contractor has successfully sealed leaks or properly installed energy saving equipment.

 

PPL Electric Utilities

PPL Electric Utilities (PPLEU) serves about 1.4 million customers in 29 counties in central and eastern Pennsylvania. PPLEU has been investing heavily in energy efficiency & conservation programs to support its customers and is providing financial support to the New Berlin project to further its investment. The project in New Berlin demonstrates the value of close contact between a community and its utilities provider and the effect that such close contact has on community participation in PPLEU’s Energy Efficiency & Conservation programs. Providing information about opportunities to reduce energy use is a key element of the New Berlin Energy Independence Project. As a sponsor, PPLEU is committed to helping the public understand how to use energy wisely. PPLEU believes that taking a community-wide approach to energy conservation and efficiency will offer further opportunities for New Berlin residents, businesses and schools to reduce energy consumption, reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and ultimately save money.

Technical Partners

Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation

The Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC) governs workforce development policy for a nine-county region in central Pennsylvania. Through its partner services, CPWDC streamlines services for the area's youth, job seekers and incumbents and dislocated workers to acquire skills and rewarding, sustainable jobs. Since its inception, the CPWDC has initiated a range of programs, projects, partnerships and research in its effort to build and coordinate a comprehensive regional workforce system. The CPWDC is fostering the development of a green workforce in the region, and the New Berlin Energy Independence Project offers a unique opportunity for the CPWDC to provide education and training to increase green job opportunities in the region.

 

Electrotechnology Applications Center

The Electrotechnology Applications Center (ETAC) assists businesses and manufacturers in increasing productivity, improving energy efficiency and achieving and maintain environmental compliance. ETAC helps businesses gain a competitive advantage by applying alternative technologies to improve heating, drying, coating and curing processes. With support from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), ETAC helps businesses investigate new equipment, materials and processes before making large investments or production changes. ETAC is working with the New Berlin manufacturers to identify energy cost saving and renewable energy opportunities.

 

Environmental Management Assistance Program

The Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP) is a specialized consulting service of the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs). EMAP consultants can help small businesses understand and comply with regulatory requirements and improve operations by reducing their energy use and waste. EMAP provides free and confidential environmental and energy assistance to small businesses in Pennsylvania and will be providing these services to small businesses in New Berlin on a case-by-case basis.

 

(Innovative Manufacturers' Center 

Since 1988, IMC has enhanced the competitive performance of progressive manufacturers by assisting them in exploring new technologies and markets, conceiving new processes and products and succeed by delivering distinctive goods and services that satisfy the demands of regional, national and global customers. IMC is one of seven Industrial Resource Centers located throughout Pennsylvania, and is supported through the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development. It provides high quality services to manufacturers at an affordable cost.  The IMC is currently facilitating the delivery of technical and financial assistance to the manufacturing firms of New Berlin.

 

Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program

The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) engages, guides and empowers businesses and organizations throughout the Commonwealth by providing objective and experience-based technical and workforce solutions that enable clients to succeed and thrive, stimulating economic growth for Pennsylvania. PennTAP's Energy Efficiency services and initiatives help Pennsylvania businesses improve their competitiveness by providing unbiased analyses and information about their energy consumption. Inspecting motors, compressed air systems, lighting, building envelope and boilers and examining utility bills are all ways that PennTAP assists in improving an organization’s efficiency and reducing energy-related costs. PennTAP is working with New Berlin manufacturers to identify energy cost savings and renewable energy opportunities.

 

Union County

Union County's Comprehensive Plan supports the energy conversation activities being undertaken in New Berlin. Several of the county's departments, including the Planning Department, Geographic Information Systems, the Housing Authority, the Office of the Tax Assessor and the Communications Center, as well as its Board of Commissioners, provide on-going support to the New Berlin Energy Independence Project. 

 

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