Updates to state-wide plans happen all the time but, with alternative energy and green jobs clearly becoming a statewide priority, the DCED is expanding efforts to inform the public of any changes that might affect their lives. On June 23, the department announced that they would be holding a community meeting to lay out changes to the state weatherization plan and take public input and questions.
Every time we make a change to this plan, we hold a public hearing. Its a pretty normal thing we do, says Craig Heim, Executive Director at the Office of Energy Conservation & Weatherization. Usually if we are going to see a strong reaction, it will be beyond the public hearings that we have. But there has been a strong reaction to the performance funding.
Heim refers to a new system his office has developed to create performance-based milestones for weatherization programs based on overall energy savings. Measuring and compiling data for 12 months before weatherization and 12 months after, he says, will give the state a better grasp on the effectiveness of weatherization programs as they look to expand through big business centers and public housing buildings in the next year.
Source: Craig Heim, PA DCED
Writer: John Steele