State Budget Shows Wins, Losses for Clean Energy

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The recently passed state budget bills were a mixed bag for clean energy. We are very pleased to report that the Pennsylvania General Assembly has restored all monies for the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) fund in the 2012-13 fiscal year budget, which was approved late Saturday night on June 30. This action reverses the proposal Gov. Corbett made in February to permanently end dedicated funding for AFIG. AFIG will now continue to receive annual funding of approximately $5.8 to $6.1 million from the gross receipts tax.

PennFuture was pleased to coordinate the successful effort to restore funding for AFIG. The AFIG program is critical to helping Pennsylvania remain a national leader in the development of alternative fueled vehicles and the refueling and recharging infrastructure needed to support them. We want to thank the many businesses and organizations that supported this effort! Without your help, funding for AFIG would likely have disappeared.

Unfortunately, there was a last-minute raid on funding for the Consumer Energy Program for fiscal year 2012-13. The Consumer Energy Program, established by the Alternative Energy Investment Act of 2008, supported DEP’s Small Business Energy Efficiency Program and the Residential Energy Efficiency Program.

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