Jan Jarrett, president and CEO of Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture), says that the administration of Gov. Tom Corbett, R-Pa., is putting clean energy jobs and businesses at risk by making cuts to programs that save money and support the clean energy economy.
‘Pennsylvania's vibrant clean energy economy has helped the commonwealth avoid much of the worst of the national recession,’ Jarrett says. ‘According to statistics from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, there are more than 106,000 Pennsylvania jobs in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. The administration's recent actions endanger these good, family-sustaining jobs.
PennFuture has identified recent actions by the Corbett administration that risk clean energy and Pennsylvania jobs, including the following:
– Disbanding the Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Energy and Technology Deployment, the state's energy office. This office is responsible for secondary oversight of the Energy Savings Law (Act 129), the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard and several other critical renewable energy laws.
– Forbidding executive agencies to enter into contracts for renewable power in the next fiscal year. At the beginning of this year, Pennsylvania was buying 50% of its energy from renewable sources.
– Firing the director and reassigning the staff of the Governor's Green Government Council. This office, formed under Republican Gov. Tom Ridge, was created to help executive agencies integrate environmental sustainability into their operations.