The timing couldn’t have been better. Most energy costs are rising, but those costs can be managed by focusing on energy conservation and improving energy efficiency. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recently awarded a large portion of the available $650 million in state-financed initiatives and $390 million in federal economic stimulus funds to advance its energy program for businesses, local governments, schools, hospitals, non-profits, energy producers and homeowners. Additional federal, state and utility financial incentives are available through both existing and new state funding streams for energy projects ranging from the manufacturing of alternative energy products to energy conservation activities. These financial incentives, together with the emerging energy economy, have helped residents, schools, businesses and non-profits in Pennsylvania reduce energy use, invest in alternative energy technologies, create new sales, develop new products and projects and create job opportunities.
Pennsylvania's Act 129, coupled with statewide deregulation of the electric utilities, placed renewed emphasis on energy conservation. As a result, electric utilities have programs in place to help customers reduce their energy use. Higher electricity costs resulting from deregulation, coupled with the financial incentives and energy assessments available to customers through PPL’s Energy Efficiency & Conservation programs, have catalyzed electric customers, including the community of New Berlin, to take measures to reduce their energy consumption and move toward energy independence.