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.