SEEDS Active in Statewide Energy Development Planning

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeastern PA is proud to be a stakeholder in Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future, the 30-month planning process led by the Department of Environmental Protection to identify best approaches to increase solar energy development in the commonwealth. SEEDS is one of the only participants from Northeastern PA.

SEEDS volunteer board members Jack Barnett and David Ford, along with executive director Jocelyn Cramer, attended the all-day kick off meeting in Harrisburg on Thursday March 2nd.

SEEDS Board Member, Emily Rinaldi also attended, as Northeast PA Outreach Coordinator with Penn Future. State and local government leaders, consumer advocates, utility and business leaders, academics, solar industry experts, and others interested in solar energy attended the first stakeholders meeting.

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(from left to right: David Ford, Emily Rinaldi, Jocelyn Cramer and Jack Barnett)

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection released the following in their press announcement:

“In the same way that Pennsylvania is now among national leaders in fossil fuel-based energy,” said DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell, “we want to lead in solar energy development. This planning process demonstrates our proactive strategic work to position the Commonwealth as a solar energy leader by 2030.”

This includes exploring options to increase the amount of electricity generated from solar power and sold in Pennsylvania. A 10 percent increase has been identified as an aspirational goal.

McDonnell noted that Act 213 of 2004, the Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard Act, requires that electric distribution companies and electric generation suppliers include a specific percentage of electricity from alternative resources, such as solar. By 2021, the percentage of the electricity sold in Pennsylvania that must come from solar power is .5 percent.

“After that point, there will be no new requirements for companies to purchase electricity from alternative energy sources, such as solar,” said McDonnell. “That’s why it’s so important that all stakeholders–government, industry, utilities, nonprofits, and communities–begin planning now for what comes next, so that markets have the opportunity to plan and respond such that all Pennsylvanians are included in the economic and environmental benefits of solar.”

Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future is funded by a $550,000 award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative and is one of eight projects across 20 states that’s working to maximize the benefits of state-level solar through technical assistance.

The participants learned the planning process details from Dave Althoff, program manager in the DEP Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance and project principal investigator. Work groups will be formed to focus on regulation and ratemaking, future markets and business models, and operations and system integration.

The Vermont Energy Investment Corporation presented an introduction to data modeling and overview of current baseline solar scenarios in Pennsylvania. One of the action items for participants is to generate inputs to the baseline scenario by the next meeting, which will be in June in Pittsburgh.

Meeting results and other information will be posted on the DEP webpage under Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future. Additionally, you can contact SEEDS for further information at jocelyn@seedsgroup.net; (570) 245 – 1256.

 

 

 

 

Did you know?

Conservation districts represent a unique effort to preserve and ensure the sustainability of Pennsylvania’s natural resources. They are located in 66 counties throughout the commonwealth and offer a variety of programs that unite farmers, municipal officials, homeowners, teachers, students, and others, in the common goal of restoring and conserving precious natural resources. Conservation districts seek to address a number of environmental issues defined in statute, including control and prevention of soil erosion, flood control, maintenance of dams and reservoirs, storm water management, air quality protection, wildlife preservation, and overall promotion of the health, safety and general welfare of the people of the commonwealth.

The 1945 law creating conservation districts, Act 217, followed a concerted effort to address the conservation of soil, water and related natural resources.

Forest land is a valuable natural asset. The land has the potential to provide periodic income, recreational enjoyment, aesthetics and improved habitat for wildlife. The Wayne Conservation District can help you reach your short & long term goals on your forest land. The annual seedling sale is one of the many offerings your conservation district provides.

Click 2017 Seedling Sale Oder Form to view and print the Seedling Sale Order Form. Mail the form and your check to:

Wayne Conservation District
Wayne County Park Street Complex
648 Park Street
Honesdale PA 18431

Telephone; 570-253-0930
Fax; 570-253-9741
Office email; waynecd@co.wayne.pa.us

The District provides a myriad of services and programs. The document below provides a summary of the Conservation District. If you have any questions please contact our office.

Wayne CD Services Brochure

Conservation District Staff
Robert Muller Jr. — Manager
Heidi Ferber– Nutrient Management Specialist
David Mitchell — Resource Conservationist
Ed Vinton– Resource Conservationist
Sarah Hall — Forest Specialist
Jamie Knecht — Watershed Specialist

Sylvia Thompson — Secretary

Click on name above to email staff member

Join Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC)  for a conversation on the various pathways for decarbonizing Pennsylvania’s electricity sector, and the costs and benefits associated with each. Internationally recognized speakers join local leaders and decision-makers in a thoughtful conversation.

Panel topics include nuclear power, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and carbon capture and storage.

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PRESS RELEASE                               January 11, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact:

Bethany Keene

570-226-3164

bethany@delawarehighlands.org

 

Delaware Highlands Conservancy Currently

Accepting Scholarship Applications

Upper Delaware River Region, NY and PA – The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is currently accepting applications from eligible high school seniors for the “Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Yeaman Scholarship” and the “Vanessa Van Gorder Memorial Scholarship,” both in the amount of $1,000.

The Yeaman Scholarship has been given annually since 2004 to a student planning to pursue a field in environmental studies in college, in honor of the Conservancy’s founder, Barbara Yeaman. It is open to students in school districts bordering the Upper Delaware River in New York and Pennsylvania. These include Hancock Central, Deposit Central, Eldred, Monticello, and Sullivan West in NY, and Wallenpaupack Area, Honesdale, and Delaware Valley in PA.

In 2015, the Conservancy established a Memorial Scholarship in honor of Vanessa Joy Van Gorder, who tragically lost her life on December 26, 2014. A recent graduate from West Chester University with a degree in education, Vanessa was passionate about the outdoors and loved exploring the lakes, rivers, and forests of the Upper Delaware River Region with her friends and family. The Conservancy established this scholarship in Vanessa’s memory and to honor her dream of becoming an educator.

The scholarship is open to high school seniors pursuing a career in education or environmental stewardship, in school districts bordering the Upper Delaware River in Pennsylvania, including Wallenpaupack, Honesdale, or Delaware Valley.

For both scholarships, students at eligible districts should contact their guidance counselors for applications. Applications must be submitted through the school’s guidance counselor for transmittal to the Delaware Highlands Scholarship Committee by March 30, 2017. Recipients of the scholarship will be notified in May.

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy works in partnership with landowners and communities to protect the lands and waters, eagles and eagle habitat, sustainable local economies, and quality of life in the Upper Delaware River region. For more information on the Conservancy or to make a donation to the scholarship fund, visit www.DelawareHighlands.org or call 570-226-3164/845-583-1010.

 

 

Discover the NEW Habitat Room at the Wayne Conservation District Office, when the 3D mural is revealed!  This is an experience to be seen, touched and enjoyed by all! See the exquisite beauty of the four seasons in our region. Special points if you can spot the solar panels!

SEEDS Board Member (and former Chairperson) Kathy Dodge has given generously of her time and talents with fellow artist Helena Guindon to make this display unforgettable! Both artists will be present to talk about the project.

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Come Check It Out!

Date: January 13, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM  7:00 PM EST
Event Description:
Visit our NEW habitat room and take a journey through the seasons! Discover the native plants and animals throughout the hand painted mural! Meet the talented artists – Kathy Dodge and Helena Guindon.
Enjoy – Refreshments, Kid’s Crafts and Fun Activities
Location:
Park Street Complex
648 Park Street Honesdale
570-253-0930
Date/Time Information:
Friday, January 13th 4-7pm