Autodesk has translated EnergyPlus’ 600,000 lines of computer code into C++, one of the world’s most popular programming languages. The change increases accessibility of EnergyPlus to many more developers, who can customize their own programs to identify potential energy savings in buildings throughout the country.
Established by The Wild Resource Conservation Act of 1982, the Wild Resource Conservation Program is a part of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The program works closely with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to conduct and support research, conservation and education projects focused on preserving Pennsylvania’s biodiversity. The program has developed County Natural Heritage Inventories that locate and identify rare species and special habitats in all 67 Pennsylvania Counties.
The West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF) promotes the use of renewable energy and clean energy among commercial, industrial, institutional and residential customers in the West Penn market region. Eligible technologies include solar, wind, low-impact hydro, and sustainable biomass such as closed-loop biomass and biomass gasification, as well as energy efficiency.
Chapter 110 applies to public water supply agencies (defined as community water systems) and hydropower facilities, irrespective of the amount of withdrawal, and any person whose total withdrawal from one or more points of withdrawal within a watershed operated as a system either concurrently or sequentially exceeds an average rate of 10,000 gallons per day of water in any 30-day period. Those persons who obtain their water through an interconnection with another person in an amount that exceeds an average rate of 100,000 gpd in any 30-day period also must register.
The statute seeks to preserve and improve the purity of the waters of the Commonwealth, providing protection of water supply and water quality, imposing certain penalties, regulating discharges of sewage and industrial wastes and regulating the impact of mining on water quality. All fines, penalties and permit fees collected under the provision of this act will be paid to a special fund called "The Clean Water Fund," which will be used for the elimination of pollution. No municipality or person is permitted to discharge sewage into water unless authorized to do so.
The Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Guarantee Program provides credit enhancement to improve market access and lower capital costs through loan guarantees to bond issuers to assist in the development and revitalization of Brownfield and Greenfield sites. Private developers must create a certain number of permanent FT jobs within the financing district. TIF projects will be guaranteed up to $5 million per project.
The Sustainable Energy Fund (SEF) promotes and invests in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and energy education initiatives. Financial incentives are offered as loans to promote clean energy technologies and for projects where energy savings are measurable. Eligible clean technology applications include energy efficiency, renewable energy, green building, and clean transportation.