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At a Capitol news conference, state Reps. Carolyn T. Comitta (Chester County) and Steve McCarter (Montgomery County), joined state Sens. Art Haywood, Thomas H. Killion and Steven J. Santarsiero to call attention to climate change, what they say are its grave impacts and the urgent need to modernize the commonwealth’s renewable energy standards. Comitta and McCarter are both members of the bicameral, bipartisan Pennsylvania Climate Caucus. Comitta is vice chair; McCarter is its founder and chair. Their bill and a Senate companion bill introduced by Haywood, Killion and Santarsiero both seek to implement stronger renewable energy goals within the commonwealth to create good jobs, cut pollution and ensure a sustainable and prosperous Pennsylvania for future generations. Comitta said: “I am proud to join the calls for modernizing the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards. Our state has already made important investments in alternative and clean-energy technologies, but we must do more.”

Specifically, the legislation would:

  1. Expand the AEPS alternative energy requirement from 8% to 30% by 2030, including 7.5% for in-state grid-scale solar and 2.5% for in-state distributed generation solar.
  2. Direct the Pennsylvania Utility Commission to study the benefits of a renewable energy storage program.
  3. Provide for several protections that control costs for electricity customers.