The Commonwealth is currently ranked #35 on the U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership National Top 100 list and is the top state in the nation on the list next to organizations such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Best Buy, General Mills and Ahold USA. Our agencies are committed to delivering results, such as:
- Department of Corrections - State Correctional Institutional located in Dallas, Luzerne County has completed a major energy and water savings project. The Guaranteed Energy Savings Act project is showing utility savings over $2.5 million and 1,843 MMTCO2e annually. We have detailed this project in a downloadable case study.
- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has begun installing Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to promote the use of sustainable transportation to and from our state parks and forests. In May of 2018, DCNR's first EV visitor charging station was completed at Kinzua Bridge State Park. Since the completion of this project, an additional 12 EV charging stations have been installed at 12 state parks. By 2021, DCNR will provide EV charging stations at a total of 43 state park and forest locations.
Each EV visitor charging station will include at least two Level 2 plugs that are free to use. These stations will allow DCNR's state park and forest visitors to plug in and recharge their vehicles while they recharge themselves and enjoy the agency's scenic public lands. For more information on this and other DCNR sustainability projects, please click here.
- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was the first Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Agency to achieve ‘Green Building’ certifications using nationally developed, third-party standards. DEP currently has six (6) US Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (USGBC LEED) Certified Green Buildings. 5 of the 6 are Certified LEED Gold (Cambria District Office, DEP Laboratory, California District Office, South East Regional Office, and Moshannon District Office). The other building, DEP’s South Central Regional Office was among the first 3 LEED buildings in the world and achieved LEED Bronze Certification.
In addition, DEP also promotes on-site renewable energy generation, with 384 kW on-site solar PV electrical capacity installed. These solar PV arrays generate approximately 500,000 kWh of electricity annually, displacing the emission of about 400,000 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. This is equivalent to avoiding the use of over 21,000 gallons of gasoline or 200,000 pounds of coal being burned. This amount of solar electricity will also reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 255 pounds. NOx emissions contribute to ground-level ozone formation that adversely affects the human respiratory system.
- Department of General Services (DGS) procured 308,978 MWhs of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) for 2019 offsetting 40% of the Commonwealth's total electricity load for the year. The Green-e certified RECs are derived from nationwide certified renewable energy sources at a cost of $250,658. This purchase was made possible due to the favorable electricity contracts which created a 2019 calendar year savings of over through $2.8 million. According to the EPA's Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, the Commonwealth's purchase leads to an annual offset of approximately 218,494 metric tons of carbon dioxide or the electricity use of roughly 26,164 average American homes for a year.