House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will hold two meetings on June 29 and during one of those meetings will consider legislation that will require the use of ultra low sulfur heating oil with a biofuel component that will save heating oil customers $86 million a year.
The bills for one meeting at the call of the Chair include:
-- House Bill 2578 (George-D-Clearfield) requiring the use of ultra low sulfur and bio-heating oil. The bill will allow heating oil customers to use clean-burning heating oil that will save customers 14 cents a gallon or $86 million across the state annually. New York just adopted this requirement this past week;
-- House Bill 2591 (George-D-Clearfield) further providing for funding stormwater management projects under PennVEST;
-- House Bill 2601 (Siptroth-D-Monroe) establishing the Green Technology Implementation Act to provide for the testing of new environmental and energy technologies.
The second meeting will consider bills creating a state energy procurement authority, authorizing the re-recording of unused mineral rights and establishing a geologic hazards program.
The bills include:
-- House Bill 1436 (White-D-Allegheny) authorizing re-recording of subsurface mineral rights by surface owner after 10 years of nonuse;
-- House Bill 1450 (Deasy-D-Allegheny) transfers language relating to local environmental advisory councils and creates a geologic hazards program without funding; and
-- House Bill 1909 (George-D-Clearfield) creating a Commonwealth Energy Procurement and Development Agency and Fund without funding.
Rep. Bud George (D-Clearfield) serves as Majority Chair of the Committee and Rep. Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango) serves as Minority Chair.