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Pennsylvania Governor Seeks Nation’s Largest Government Commitment to Solar Energy

On March 21, 2021, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the largest government commitment to purchase solar energy in the United States. The proposal, called Pennsylvania PULSE, would produce enough electricity from solar energy arrays to supply 50% of the state government’s usage. As Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards sunsets at the end of May, Pennsylvania PULSE is the latest move by the executive branch to strengthen the renewable energy market in the Commonwealth through its GreenGov initiative.

Pennsylvania PULSE (Project to Utilize Light and Solar Energy) is slated to become operational on January 1, 2023. The 191-megawatt project will be sited across six counties in the Commonwealth. The expected 361,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year is enough to supply roughly half of the electricity used by the state government. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of General Services contracted a 15-year fixed price power supply agreement with Constellation, an energy company that provides electric power, natural gas, and energy management services. Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute is serving as a technical advisor on the project. Lightsource BP will construct, own, and operate the solar generation facilities. 

The GreenGov Council develops strategies to curb greenhouse gas emissions. One of GreenGov’s goals is to obtain at least 40% percent of electricity from in-state clean energy sources. Governor Wolf noted that Pennsylvania PULSE would not only meet but exceed that goal. The seven solar power generation facilities are planned for Columbia, Juniata, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and York Counties. In order to preserve the Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SREC) market in Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth will retire the SRECs generated by the project upon purchase. 

© Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 91
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Jon C. Beckman, Steptoe Johnson, Natural Resource Lawyer, Energy Regulation Matters Attorney
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Jon Beckman focuses his practice in the area of energy and natural resources law, specifically assisting clients with transactional and environmental matters.  Mr. Beckman is a former Combat Trauma Specialist for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Brian Pulito focuses his practice in the areas of eminent domain proceedings, construction litigation, midstream litigation, oil, gas and mineral law litigation, and insurance litigation.

 

 

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