March 6, 2015
Governor Tom Wolf’s budget includes $225 million to encourage development of clean energy and energy efficiency. John Norbeck is acting president of PennFuture, one of the state’s largest environmental groups. He says the governor’s proposal includes $50 million to restart the state’s program for solar projects.
“We could probably see upwards of 10-15,000 residents being able to go to solar on the program that he’s already establishing. So I think it’s a great start for Pennsylvania.”
Norbeck says small businesses, local governments and schools would benefit from another $50 million dollars proposed for energy efficiency.
He says the environmental community is also glad to see that Wolf wants to add $10 million dollars toward the inspection and oversight of oil and gas operations.
“The Department of Environmental Protection has a lot of great staff, but they don’t have enough staff to manage, monitor, and enforce existing regulations that we have.”
Norbeck says it’s too soon to tell whether Wolf’s budget will actually get funded. Legislative leaders initial reactions to his proposal ranged from “bold,” to “dead on arrival.”