In June, DVGBC’s Policy and Advocacy Committee engaged state lawmakers on legislation related to a sustainable built environment. In just a few months, much progress has been made on the committee’s priority bills.
HB 409 | Legislation to Reform Uniform Construction Code Adoption Process
Summary: Bill to amend the process by which the Review and Advisory Council adopts code provisions into the Uniform Construction Code
An amendment has been added to the current bill to include a one-time jump-ahead for the City of Philadelphia to adopt the 2018 ICC Codes for commercial buildings only. This is a significant change given the volume of commercial construction that is underway in Philadelphia that is currently building to an outdated, energy inefficient standard.
Should the bill pass, the City of Philadelphia can adopt 2018 commercial code via ordinance. The rest of the commonwealth will reconsider 2015 code through the Review and Advisory Council under this new adoption process.
SB 404 | Solar Energy Credit Legislation
Summary: Closes the border on Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs), requiring that all SRECs purchased in fulfillment of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (AEPS) Program originate in Pennsylvania.
The solar border bill has been added to the Administrative Code, a must-pass bill that is part of the yet-to-be-passed budget package.
While an on-time budget was technically due on June 30, the state will run out of funding on September 15, creating urgency around closing a final budget deal.
SB 415 | Green Buildings Legislation
Summary: Requires that state-owned or state-leased buildings meet high-performance building standards.
Rep. Kate Harper plans to introduce a complimentary bill in the House.
Contact Senator Gene Yaw, Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee, to share your support for the legislation and ask that it be moved out of committee.
SB 234 | PA Property Assessed Clean Energy Program - PACE
Summary: Enabling legislation that allows municipalities to establish and administer a PACE program for commercial and industrial properties.
The House companion bill will be introduced shortly by Rep. Harper under bill number HB 1722.
Help generate support for the House companion bill by asking you Representative to co-sponsor HB 1722 or to thank them for already doing so.
SB 113 | Property Assessed Clean Energy Program
Summary: Just like its neighbor, Pennsylvania, Delaware is considering legislation to enable commercial PACE programs. Delaware's part-time General Assembly does not go back into session until 2018, leaving ample time for education and advocacy efforts in support of commercial PACE.
The bill did not progress due to concerns with administration of program, not on merits of legislation.
Attend the Energy Services Coalition’s annual conference on October 18 that includes a PACE panel with local and national experts. The panelists will equip advocates and lawmakers with information and tools to clearly articulate the value of PACE programs and to address concerns with PACE legislation and its administration.