11/18 – Report: 57,000 Pennsylvanians Work in Efficiency and Clean Energy

Tuesday, November 18th 2014

CaptureMore than 57,000 Pennsylvanians currently work at 4,200 clean energy businesses statewide, according to a first-of-its-kind clean energy jobs report released today by nonpartisan business groups Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) and Environmental  Entrepreneurs (E2).

Clean Jobs Pennsylvania: Sizing Up Pennsylvania’s Clean Energy Jobs Base and its Potential” – and  the accompanying website www.CleanJobsPA.com – show that clean energy is an important and sizable employer in Pennsylvania. The report also shows that Pennsylvania lags behind other states, but could catch up with or surpass other states in clean energy jobs if it enacts or strengthens policies designed to encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy.

  • Energy efficiency is the largest employer of the 57,330 Pennsylvanians who work in clean energy, providing jobs for about 37,500 workers, or about 65 percent of the clean energy sector. Small businesses employ the majority of clean energy workers.
  • Clean energy employment grew by 4 percent last year, and is expected to grow by 8 percent next year.
  • Despite strong growth, Pennsylvania is not living up to its potential for clean energy jobs. It trails other states with more supportive clean energy policies. Without policy improvements, it could miss out on major opportunities for future clean energy job growth.
  • By strongly implementing the federal Clean Power Plan and strengthening or expanding policies such as Pennsylvania Act 129 and the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard, lawmakers could dramatically increase the number of job opportunities for Pennsylvanians, while saving businesses and consumers money and helping the state’s economy and its environment.

Rich Selverian, president of KEEA and CFO/COO at energy and building consulting and engineering firm MaGrann Associates, announced the new report today at KEEA’s annual conference in Harrisburg. Selverian said: “Policy plays a key role in the energy economy. At this turning point, our state’s decision makers should double-down on utility energy efficiency programs to support our state’s economic growth.”

E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe said: “Pennsylvania has a storied history as a leader in America’s energy economy. It now has the opportunity to lead again in the next evolution of energy – clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency. It’s up to Pennsylvania lawmakers whether the state will be a leader or a follower.”

Under the federal Clean Power Plan, Pennsylvania can reduce its carbon pollution emissions from existing power plants by 32 percent while creating thousands of new jobs in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Additionally, strengthening Pennsylvania Act 129, the state’s energy efficiency law, also would drive job growth in businesses ranging from lighting and HVAC companies to efficiency research and development. Increasing the state’s renewable portfolio standard, which currently requires utilities to get 18 percent of their energy from wind, solar and other renewable sources, also would drive job growth and economic development.

Phil Jordan, vice president of BW Research, which conducted the study for E2 and KEEA, said that other states’ experiences show that smart clean energy policy improvements result in strong job growth.”Pennsylvania’s clean energy economy is poised for substantial job growth,” Jordan said. “More supportive policies, such as Maryland’s energy efficiency programs and New Jersey’s renewable energy incentives, could rapidly accelerate the growth of the industry in the Keystone State.”
For more information or to arrange interviews with experts above or with clean energy companies in Pennsylvania, please contact Pat Mitchell, pmitchell@hastingsgroup.com, 703-276-3266.

Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders,investors and others who promote smart environmental policies that drive economic growth. E2 members, active in nearly every state in the country, have built or financed more than 1,700 companies that have created  more than 570,000 jobs, and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital. E2 is  an affiliate of the non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

The Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(6) corporation dedicated to promoting the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries in Pennsylvania. KEEA advocates on behalf of energy efficiency and renewable energyprofessionals on the local, state, and federal levels. By representing the interests of the clean energy industry in Pennsylvania, KEEA is growing the market for energy efficiency and helping the Keystone State secure a prosperous, sustainable tomorrow.

9/15 – Poll: Who Is Willing to Pay for Renewable Energy?

Monday September 15th, 2014

From The Atlantic’s Citylab:

lead_largeIt’s easy for people to say they support renewable energy. But if their eagerness to be green meant spending more money, would they really?

More than 1,600 Americans were asked just that in the Atlantic Media/Siemens State of the City Poll—as well as a few other questions about energy use—and their responses show that there’s a significant divide when it comes to a willingness to pay higher costs for a more sustainable power supply. It turns out the most die-hard fans of kicking fossil fuels can be found, perhaps in no great surprise, among the youngest Americans, the most educated, and those who identify as Democrats.

Read more at The Atlantic.

8/5 – 2014-2015 Annual Needs Assessment Available

Tuesday, August 5th 2014


Click here to complete!

It is that time of year again when we ask for your input in creating an informative profile of the region’s smart energy industry. Our five-minute needs assessment will help us prioritize our 2014-2015 efforts and initiatives.

Please take a few minutes to tell us how we may help your organization grow and prosper.

Thanks in advance! We look forward to working with you in the upcoming year.

If you have any questions, please contact Will Williams.

2/23 – 2014 Energy Briefing Recap and Slides

Monday, February 24th 2014

IMG_3456The Smart Energy Initiative and the Chester County Economic Development Council hosted the 2014 Energy Briefing on Thursday, February 20th. Thanks to our sponsors PECO, ICF International, and the Coatesville Solar Initiative, as well as the speakers:

  • PWI Engineering – Mark Fischer
  • PECO Energy – Mike O’Leary
  • Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Sustainability – Alex Dews
  • Community Energy – Tom Tuffey

Click here to download slides from the event.

Thanks to our sponsors:

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10/18 – SEI Training Grant Application Released

Friday October 18th, 2013

We are pleased to announce that the Smart Energy Initiative’s application for funding for ongoing incumbent worker training has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry!

Retroactive to October 1st, these funds will be used to reimburse energy companies who train their existing workforce in the fields of energy efficiency, geothermal, solar PV, and compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.

The first step is completing a training application by clicking here.

Contact Will Williams with questions, and stay tuned for more info!


9/27 – Sponsor needed for November’s Manufacturers Energy Forum

Friday, September 27th 2013

SEI and the Manufacturing Alliance of Chester and Delaware Counties have partnered to provide a program to answer manufacturer’s energy questions. We are looking for sponsors to help underwrite the cost of developing this event. Opportunities begin at $250! Read more about sponsorship by clicking here.Contact Jim Lauckner if you’re interested.


The event’s agenda includes:

Developing an energy plan
Calculating ROI
On-site renewable energy
Backup generation
SEI Advisory Services

Speakers include:
Paul Spiegel
Mark Fischer
A Case Study in Sustainability:
Eagle Design Group – Chester County

7/8 – Pennsylvania DEP’s Small Business Advantage Grant Opens

Monday, July 8th 2013

Businesses can apply for 50-percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures.

Applicants must be a for-profit corporation, limited liability corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship or other legal entity with 100 or fewer full-time employees. The grant-supported project must be located in Pennsylvania, be owned by the applicant and save the business at least 25 percent plus $500 in annual energy consumption or in pollution handling or prevention related expenses.

Applicants may be manufacturers, retailers, service providers, mining operators or agricultural businesses. Eligible projects include HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency lighting, solvent recovery systems, waste recycling systems and auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks.

The application deadline is Sept. 6. Eligible applications will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis from July 8 through Sept. 6 or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. Funding is eligible for those costs incurred between July 8, 2013and June 30, 2014.

Read more here at PR Newswire or the PA DEP website.

6/5 – Job Alert: Sustainable Energy Crew Technician at Hometown Green

Wednesday, June 5th 2013

SEI is pleased to post job openings from member companies, as a means of effectively reaching qualified, local candidates in the smart energy industry. Additionally, SEI staff can review applications on you company’s behalf. Send job descriptions and application instructions to Will Williams.

Hometown-GreenHometown Green, LLC located in Chester, PA is looking a Sustainable Energy Crew Technician!

The goal of our work is to reduce non-renewable energy use, carbon footprint, and utility bills in homes. We make homes more comfortable, livable, planet friendly, and energy efficient, through insulating, air-sealing, ducting, ventilating, & exterior drainage work.  Crews install insulation, windows, doors, solar attic fans, hatch units, solar heating, solar hot water, solar PV, solar pool heating.

Our field work is physical outside work and/or work in basements and attics and may have an office, and vehicle and equipment care components.  Office duties may include work with internet, Excel and MS Word.  Driving duties and vehicle maintenance duties may be assigned.


  • 5 yr Penn DOT check
  • High school diploma or GED is preferred.
  • Show up on time prepared to work.
  • Ability to drive stick.
  • Must be able to lift and move objects weighing up to 75 lbs.
  • General Computer Knowledge is Essential (Email, Word, Excel).
  • Desire to be part of a team, willingness to step in where needed.
  • Follow company policies, perform reliably and work safely
  • Advanced knowledge of materials, tools, building layout, and scheduling
  • An ability to delegate yet to lead by doing
  • Ability to cheerfully relate with the customers who pay us.
  • Attention to detail is a must
  • Personal and professional patience with process
  • A realistic outlook on the difficulty of this work
  • Valid Driver License and an ability to care for a vehicle
  • Work a Mon – Fri schedule with flexibility to work some weekend hours.

TOBACCO FREE/ SMOKE FREE/ DRUG FREE individuals will be given preference.

Please email resumes to jobs@hometowngreen.net (Phone calls and walk-ins are not accepted!)

Experience helpful, but not required: Landscaping, Solar PV, Solar Hot Water, Geothermal, Masonry, Carpentry, Framing, Ducting, Venting, Drywall, Insulation, Painting, Roofing, Siding, A/C. Plumbing, Heating, Apartment Maintenance, Punch List Work.

5/3 – Job Alert: Project Sales Design Engineer at Sinton Air Conditioning & Heating

Friday, May 3rd 2013

SEI is pleased to post ob openings from member companies, as a means of effectively reaching qualified, local candidates in the smart energy industry. Additionally, SEI staff can review applications on you company’s behalf. Send job descriptions and application instructions to Will Williams.

Sinton-WebImmediate full time position at a 40+ year old established HVAC/Geothermal business with an impeccable reputation. Training will be provided to successful candidates.

1. Drug free.
2. Knowledge of HVAC, construction standards, electric and plumbing.
3. 5+ years of experience in a design and/or installation position.
4. Engineering knowledge or degree a plus.

  • Location: Chester County
  • Compensation: Hourly, commission + major benefit package

Please email cover letter and resume to Will Williams.