Act 129

What is Act 129?

On Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell signed historic energy savings legislation into law, giving Pennsylvania families and businesses important tools to save money on their electricity bills. Not only will the law reduce the demand for energy, it will also create thousands of green jobs, cut pollution and reduce the need to build new power plants and transmission lines.

Act 129 requires electric utilities to reduce their overall electricity load by 1 percent by 2011 and by 3 percent by 2013, and reduce peak demand by 4.5 percent by 2013. Utilities will meet these goals by offering customers a portfolio of energy efficiency and conservation programs. Utilities are permitted to spend up to 2 percent of their annual 2006 revenue on these programs, estimated to equal approximately $250 million per year.

Experience nationwide has shown that such energy efficiency programs can help electricity consumers reduce energy bills by 20 to 30 percent. In other states, some businesses have realized 60 percent reductions.

To learn more about your energy consumption and what energy efficiency programs are available, please click on the link for your customer class.