Letter to the editor: Solar law should be helping Pa.
In late 2017, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Act 40, which was supposed to “close the borders” with respect to credits for solar-energy capacity. This law was to require utilities to credit only in-state solar-energy facilities in meeting their solar renewable-energy capacity requirements. Currently, utilities may credit solar facilities that are out of state but within the regional electrical grid.
However, interpretation of this new law has become an issue. Members of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) are interpreting the law to allow “grandfathering” of existing credits for out-of-state solar facilities, effectively gutting this law and undermining its goal of spurring solar development and increasing solar-related jobs in Pennsylvania.
This interpretation is environmentally problematic as well. Pennsylvania is a major greenhouse-gas emitter. Globally, we must transition to renewable energy as quickly as possible to avert the worst effects of climate change. Properly implemented, this law will help Pennsylvania do its part in reducing emissions.
The Pennsylvania PUC must interpret and implement this law to enhance development of solar capacity within our state so that current and future Pennsylvanians can reap the benefits of more solar-energy jobs and a healthier, more livable environment.
Richard D. Ankney