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House Environmental Committee Reports Out Green Building, Energy Office Bills
The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee reported out bills setting incentives and requirements for green buildings and establishing a State Energy Office. They include:
 
-- House Bill 43 (Harper-R-Montgomery) establishing a high-performance, green building construction tax credit (amended),"Tax credits are a way of offering the construction industry carrots to try building green. Believe me, they are ready for this – there is a real excitement about doing green projects, and this bill offers encouragement in an otherwise depressing market," Rep. Harper said;
 
-- House Bill 444 (M.Smith-D-Allegheny) requiring state funded building projects to meet certain green building standards; and
 
-- House Bill 786 (George-D-Clearfield) establishing a State Energy Office within the Department of Environmental Protection,"Pennsylvania deserves focused, concentrated efforts on energy development and conservation, and House Bill 786 would enable a State Energy Office to forge a consistent energy policy," said Rep. George.
 
All three bills were then referred to the House Appropriations Committee.
Rep. Bud George (D-Clearfield) serves as Majority Chair and Rep. Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango) serves as Minority Chair.
 

3/20/2009

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