September 13, 2023 – Department of Environmental Protection: Small Business Advantage Grant Program – Apply before 3/22/23

Department of Environmental Protection: Small Business Advantage Grant Program, may be of interest to some of our members

Who May Apply: For-profit businesses in PA with a primary physical location in PA and 100 or fewer full-time employees. Commercial real estate businesses and tenant businesses may also be eligible if they meet the criteria outlined in the program guidelines.

Use: The Program is a first-come, first-served grant program that provides matching grants to assist small businesses undertaking energy efficiency, pollution prevention or natural resource conservation projects.
$1 million in grant funding is available for this funding round for grants between $5,000 and $8,000.

Application Deadline: Grants will be accepted through March 22, 2024 or when funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first.

More information: DEP Website

October 2023 – SEI Newsletter, Are you capturing all of the benefits and cash grants for your company?


  1. Are you sure that you know what you are paying for in the company’s Energy bills? Attend the SEI event on October 19 at our conference center in Exton.  The True Impacts of Alternative Energy on Your Utility Bill will provide examples and case studies will be presented showing both favorable and detrimental scenarios based on the type of utility invoicing. The goal of this program is to educate the audience on how alternative energy projects can affect your “bottom line” allowing for improved decision making. Register at
  2. There will be millions of dollars spent, your tax dollars, The PA DEP and Penn College of Technology are asking you to participate in a virtual meeting and provide your valuable input for their Weatherization / Energy Program on October 24th 10 – 11 am via zoom. The goal is to get a cross section of employers about desired skills, expertise and certifications that are needed to do work in the energy sector. Companies can register at Weatherization Workforce Stakeholder Forums (
  3. As Federal funding begins to hit the market and fund Energy projects, we expect that you may need to expand your workforce and wish to hire people not only with a strong work ethic but some skill and industry knowledge. SEI would like to determine if your company is eligible for a Clean Energy Workforce Development Grant from the PA Department of Labor & Industry. Access a quick form here to get started CLEAN ENERGY GRANT FORM. These grants can help create a recruiting and hiring plan customized for your organization. Learn where people are being trained in Solar, Energy Efficiency, Newer Building Codes, Geothermal, Building Management etc.
  4. SEI has cash grants right now to reimburse your company up to 50% of energy related training costs. Access an easy form to get started, and learn more SEI CASH TRAINING GRANTS.
  5. FYI: The DOE, in collaboration with its Partnership Intermediary, ENERGYWERX, has re-opened applications for small and medium-sized manufacturing firms (SMMs) to receive grants of up to $300,000, at 50% cost share, to implement recommendations made in Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) assessments and/or DOE Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership (CHP TAP) assessments – including what are now called “Onsite Energy TAP” assessments – and, once qualified, other assessments submitted previously for qualification as “IAC-equivalent.”

If you have any questions or suggestions, please call me. I answer my cell 8 am – 8 pm 7 days a week. I understand that you have a business to manage and will call you back if I miss your call.


Jim Lauckner

Project Consultant

Smart Energy Initiative, SEI

Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC)

Eagleview Corporate Center, 737 Constitution Drive, Exton, PA 19341

Direct Office: 610-321-8231 Main Office: 610-458-5700  Cell: 215-470-2684   Fax: 610-458-7770



October 2023 – CHP Grant information with Q&A session on Oct. 19th at 1:00 p.m.

DOE, in collaboration with its Partnership Intermediary, ENERGYWERX, has re-opened applications for small and medium-sized manufacturing firms (SMMs) to receive grants of up to $300,000, at 50% cost share, to implement recommendations made in Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) assessments and/or DOE Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership (CHP TAP) assessments – including what are now called “Onsite Energy TAP” assessments – and, once qualified, other assessments submitted previously for qualification as “IAC-equivalent.”

View LinkedIn post on it here and DOE’s press release here.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed quarterly. The deadline to be include in the next quarterly review cycle is December 31, 2023 at 5 pm ET.

A DOE Objective Strategic Session (OSS) question and answer session will be held monthly, with the next one occurring on October 19, 2023 at 1 pm ETRegister here.

August 29, 2023 – Geothermal Drilling and Grouting Fundamentals (short course)


Date: August 29, 2023
Location: Westerville, Ohio
CEUs: 0.6




In this one-day short course, you will learn about the equipment and tools used to drill and install vertical ground loops. You will also learn the proper procedures for grouting geothermal boreholes.

The ground source heat pump industry has increased in activity with the extension of both the residential and commercial geothermal tax credits that were signed into law in 2022. As geothermal involves more work than an average water well, proper education is key for groundwater professionals to understand what is required.

Additionally, ISCO Industries will guide you through the proper methods of thermally fusing HDPE pipe. The demonstration, followed by hands-on participation, will focus on the two most common methods of thermal fusion applicable to the geothermal industry: manual butt fusion and socket fusion. All equipment and materials will be provided for your use. Upon completion, you will leave with an understanding of why HDPE is the absolute best material for geothermal installations.

Who should attend?

  • Drilling contractors
  • Sanitarians/health department personnel
  • Ground heat exchanger installers
  • HVAC contractors.


NGWA is partnering with Jackson Geothermal, IGSHPA, and ISCO Industries for this course.

February 28, 2023 – [See the recorded presentation!] 11th Annual Energy Briefing – 8:15-10:30 a.m.

The SEI Energy Briefing took place 2/28/2023. View the presentations on SEI You Tube Channel

Learn more and register

Stay on top of the ever-changing energy market with SEI! Join us to explore the impacts of the IRA funding on various energy projects.

Hear from leaders in the energy field on such topics as:

  • Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)
    • EV vehicle deployment
    • distributed generation
    • impact onsite energy efficiency projects
    • investments into energy and climate change
  • Combined Heat & Power, Solar and Geothermal systems

Who should attend:

Those interested in the state of the national, regional, and local energy economy, facilities managers, energy professionals, project & property developers, municipal developers and job seekers.

Event Agenda: 

8:15 to 8:30 a.m. – Check-in, networking and light breakfast.

8:30 to 10:00 a.m. – Program followed by Q & A

Continue the discussion until 10:30 a.m. and be present for a chance to win a Google Nest, compliments of Emergent Energy Solutions!


Tom Bonner (Sr. Manager, State Government Affairs; PECO)Tom will speak broadly about EV Vehicles and the impact of the IRA on this market.

Steven Mathews (Sales Engineer; Kinsley Energy Systems) Steven will provide a summary of CHP and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

Mark Connolly (Energy Engineer; RER Energy) Mark’s presentation will explain what some of the IRA impacts are on the solar industry.

Learn more and register

April 2023 – Industry Partnership grant effective April 2023 – June 2024

The Smart Energy Initiative of SE Pa is happy to share that it has been awarded an Industry Partnership grant effective April 1, 2023 and will be in effect until June of 2024. This grant includes $ 60,000 to award to energy firms to train their existing employees. Call Jim Lauckner at 610-321-8231 for more information or an application.

See the list of approved training courses PA Smart IP Grant 22-24 SEI – Training Plan as of 04-01-2023  If you do not see the course you are intested in, we will still try to help! Contact Jim to see if we can add your desired course to the PLAN.

For a Training Grant Application and a list of training vendors you may be interested in, visit our Training Page 

Jim Lauckner, Project Consultant – 610-321-8231

Sherry Cockerham, Project Coordinator – 610-321-8213

11th Annual Energy Briefing – Presenter Bios

Tom Bonner, Sr. Manager, State Government Affairs – PECO

Tom Bonner serves as Manager, State Government Affairs for PECO, with primary responsibility for analyzing the impact of federal, state and local policy challenges on the company and leading internal teams to develop climate & clean energy policy and business solutions.  During his time with PECO, Mr. Bonner has focused on both policies and programs advancing new technologies, including serving as the lead author of PECO’s successful $200 million Smart Grid Investment Grant application with the U.S. Department of Energy.  In addition to representing PECO in numerous state and local stakeholder forums, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Eastern PA Alliance for Clean Transportation and the Transportation Management Agency of Chester County.

Prior to coming to PECO in 2007, he served as Manager, Congressional Relations for MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company for more than a decade, and as Associate Director of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Washington, DC office.  From 1991-1995, he worked in the U.S. House of Representatives as a senior legislative staffer.  Tom holds a Master of Planning Degree from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Steven Mathews, Sales Engineer – Kinsley Energy Systems

Steven Mathews is a sales engineer at Kinsley Energy Systems, a turnkey supplier of packaged CHP systems and maintenance services. He is responsible for integrating CHP systems into the onsite energy infrastructure of new and existing facilities. With the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act, he focuses on new microgrid projects at hospitals, WWTPs, military bases, manufacturing facilities, and other C&I campuses. Steven is based in Philadelphia and is an active member of several of the city’s energy-focused networking organizations.

Mark Connolly, Energy Engineer – RER Energy

Mark Connolly is also the President of The Phoenixville Green Team

January 24, 2023 – 2018 Building Codes Training for Commercial and Residential Users – 8:00 a.m.

This workshop is designed for home builders, contractors, manufacturers, HVAC mechanical engineers, distributors, architects, code officers and municipalities.

Program modules include

  • PA Building Energy Code Highlights – History, Current, and Future
  • IECC for PA – Commercial Codes
  • IECC For PA – Residential Codes

Learn more and register

Who should attend:

The comprehensive installation workshop is designed for GSHP installers, contractors, dealers, home builders, manufacturers, distributors, architects, heating cooling mechanical engineers, trenching/water well drilling contractors, and anyone who desires a working knowledge of this innovative technology.

Instructor BIOS

Steve Krug, AIA

Steve Krug is Principal at Krug Architects, an acknowledged leader in developing over $500M sustainable net-zero designs and carbon-neutrality plans, including award winning projects such as the West Chester University Student Recreation Center. Mr. Krug attended Syracuse University for Bachelor of Architecture, and Penn State AE for graduate studies focused on energy conservation. Subsequently, he was an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Penn State. He has dedicated his career to energy efficiency and serves Chair of the Smart Energy Initiative of the CCEDC, a member of the Chester County Environmental and Energy Advisory Board appointed by the County Commissioners, and as Chair of the Pennsylvania Climate Change Advisory Committee, appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania.

Steve is also Co-Founder of, which is a web-based platform that simplifies the financing of CHP projects. The database matches CHP applicants with suitable CHP funders. grown word-wide and has streamlined the deployment of energy efficient CHP and other energy efficiency improvements. Steve is also Co-Founder of,, and has strategic alliances with Krug Resources Group, a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE).

Mike Turns, Director of Energy Code Services

Mike has been with PSD for over nine years, managing several residential new construction and energy code support programs. Mike manages the implementation of energy code training and support services across four states throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. He is an expert in the International Energy Conservation Code and has developed and taught numerous training programs in several states under a variety of code versions. He has over 15 years of energy code training experience and has presented at national conferences like the RESNET, HPC, DOE National Energy Codes, and AESP conferences. Prior to joining PSD, he was the Associate Director of the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC) at Penn State University, where he managed the largest provider of residential building code training in Pennsylvania. Mike has a master’s degree from Penn State with a thesis focused on assessing and reducing energy consumption in new homes.

Adam Smith, Energy Codes Specialist

Adam Smith is an Energy Code Specialist for PSD.  He has over two decades of experience in the facilities and project management field, including full oversight and completion of large construction capital projects.  Most recently, he worked for Camphill Ghent, a Gold LEED certified retirement community in the Hudson Valley, where he supervised all facilities and grounds projects and wastewater treatment plant, ensuring compliance with NYS Department of Health, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and local building codes.  Adam has served in the volunteer fire department for over 30 years, most recently at Ghent Fire Department, holding the office of First Lieutenant.