Governor Rendell: Investments in Energy Efficiency, Pollution Prevention Will Provide Small Businesses With Long-Term Advantages

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Small businesses that invest in energy efficiency and cutting wasteful pollution will garner long-term advantages by reducing expenses and protecting themselves against spiking energy costs in the future, Governor Edward G. Rendell said today.

The Governor announced that 81 businesses statewide will use more than $454,000 in state investments to purchase equipment that will increase energy efficiency or prevent pollution while adding to profitability. The grants are being made available through the state’s Small Business Advantage program.

“In these difficult financial times, it is easy for businesses to focus only on the short term,” said Governor Rendell. “Pennsylvania is committed to helping small businesses that are wisely investing in their long-term competitiveness.

“Energy prices are lower today because the global economic downturn has reduced demand. However, we can expect the economic cycle to eventually return to growth at home and in China, India and other developing countries.

“The world has a limited supply of easily accessible fuels, so we know rising demand will once again drive energy prices higher. Businesses that invest in energy efficiency and cutting waste today will be better positioned to manage costs in the future.

“Many Pennsylvania businesses are also preparing for significant increases in the price of electricity when rate caps end statewide two years from now,” said the Governor. “Helping small businesses through this difficult transition will protect an important cornerstone of the state’s economy.”

The state’s 262,000 small businesses employ nearly 2 million people and pay more than $19 billion in wages each quarter.

The Small Business Advantage Grant Program provides a 50 percent match of up to $7,500 for equipment or processes that reduce energy use, promote pollution prevention and increase profitability. The program has invested almost $4.9 million in 928 businesses across the state since Governor Rendell launched it in 2004.

Small businesses will soon be able to benefit fromenergy conservation and clean energy production legislation signed into law this year by the Governor. Energy conservation programs created by the new legislation will reduce overall energy consumption and peak demand — or periods when energy prices are highest — to help save consumers more than $500 million over the next five years and more than $800 million annually after 2013.

The law also requires every home and business to be equipped with a “smart meter” over the next 15 years and have access to time-sensitive pricing plans. A smart meter gives every consumer the power to use energy at times when rates are cheapest and cut consumption when rates are higher.

The state’s new $650 million Alternative Energy Investment Fund will also include $92.5 million to help save money on small businesses’ and families’ energy bills by supporting investments in energy conservation and efficiency.

“Pennsylvania is investing in its future by supporting businesses that purchase energy-efficient equipment to drive down their energy consumption and generate clean energy that meets their demands and yields excess power that can be sold back to the grid,” said acting Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger. “By reducing energy consumption, we conserve our natural resources, reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuels, and prevent pollution. Investing in energy efficiency is investing in a clean and prosperous future.”

Small businesses in Pennsylvania can find other sources of financial and technical assistance through the Department of Environmental Protection’s Small Business Assistance Program. The Pollution Prevention Assistance Account provides loans of up to $100,000 at 2 percent interest for projects that reduce waste, pollution or energy use. Environmental assistance services are available through the Small Business Ombudsman and its partner organizations.

For more information on these and other small business programs, visit http://www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: Grant and Loan Programs.

The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses.To find out more about Governor Rendell’s initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit http://www.governor.state.pa.us.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a by-county list of the Small Business Advantage Grants:

ADAMSCOUNTY

Jerome E. Lesniak Trucking – $5,350 for an auxiliary power unit in long-haul trailer to eliminate idling during layovers.

ALLEGHENYCOUNTY

Quality Combustion Inc. – $4,500 for energy-efficient lighting fixtures.

Ideal Trucking Inc. – $7,500 for an auxiliary power unit in long-haul trailer to eliminate idling during layovers.

BEAVERCOUNTY

Nicol Trucking Inc. – $4,150 for an auxiliary power unit in a long-haul trailer to eliminate idling during layovers.

COL-FIN Specialty Steel Corp. – $7,500 to upgrade energy efficiency of a furnace.

BEDFORDCOUNTY

Knisely & Sons Inc. – $1,881 for a high-efficiency boiler.

BLAIRCOUNTY

Scott E. Chestnut – $4,200 for an auxiliary power unit in a long-haul trailer to eliminate idling during layovers.

BUCKSCOUNTY

Associated Paving Contractors Inc. – $7,500 for a waste oil burner and furnace.

BUTLERCOUNTY

Warren C. Sauders Co. Inc. – $7,500 for two auxiliary power units in long-haul trailers to eliminate idling during layovers.

CAMBRIACOUNTY

digital.iway – $7,500 for high-efficiency heating and air conditioning, and lighting systems.

Noon-Collins Inn – $225 for high-efficiency lighting.

Miller Hauling – $4,000 for an auxiliary power unit in long-haul trailer to eliminate idling during layovers.

CENTRECOUNTY

Price Parkway Service – $3,000 for a waste oil burner.

Grauch Enterprises Inc. – $3,407 for an upgraded cardboard shredder to prevent pollution and generate a co-product packaging material.

Matson & Association Inc. – $5,500 for a solar hot water heating unit and fixtures.

St. Joseph Institute – $1,376 for high-efficiency lighting.

CHESTERCOUNTY

Downingtown Tire and Service – $3,147 for a waste oil burner and furnace.

New Elk LLC – $7,500 for high-efficiency heating and air conditioning equipment.

K A Stewart D.V.M. – $7,500 for a solar energy system with grid connection.

CLARIONCOUNTY

O’Neil’s Quality Foods – $7,500 for upgraded commercial refrigeration systems.

CLEARFIELDCOUNTY

Cutting Edge Machining Solutions Inc – $7,500 for energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system.

Holt Daddy’s Pub – $5,256 for two high-efficiency heat pumps.

Columbia Ancillary Services Inc. – $3,800 for high-efficiency lighting and energy efficiency upgrades to heating and air conditioning.

CLINTONCOUNTY

Sportsman’s Hotel – $1,280 for a high-efficiency ice production facility and storage unit.

COLUMBIACOUNTY

TSJCB Inc. – $5,000 for an auxiliary power unit in long-haul trailer to reduce idling and conserve energy during layovers.

CUMBERLANDCOUNTY

Corporate Distribution Limited Inc. – $1,986 for high-efficiency lighting.

SSGC Inc. – $4,500 for a wind energy system.

DELAWARECOUNTY

Concordville Auto Center Inc. – $6,016 for a waste oil furnace and storage.

ELKCOUNTY

Suzy’s – $7,500 for high-efficiency heating equipment.

ERIECOUNTY

The Brewerie at Union Station – $2,500 for fans to destratify heat zones in business with high ceilings.

Edinboro Beverage Distributors – $7,500 for high-efficiency refrigeration equipment.

All American Car Wash – $6,924 for a high-efficiency boiler.

Quick Clean – $5,500 for seven high efficiency washers to conserve energy, water and generation of wastewater.

FAYETTECOUNTY

Ferens Farm LLC – $7,500 for a solar hot water heating unit and fixtures.

GREENECOUNTY

Direct Results BSP Inc. – $5,657 for energy-efficient lighting with motion sensors.

HUNTINGDONCOUNTY

Raystown RV and Marine – $4,949 for a waste oil burner.

Arcolor LLC – $7,500 for energy-efficient lighting with motion sensors.

The Inn at Edgewater Acres – $7,500 for high-efficiency heat pumps.

JUNIATACOUNTY

Warner Poultry Farm – $7,500 for an attic vent system and to add additional insulation to existing poultry houses.

LACKAWANNACOUNTY

Coin Laundry Express – $7,500 for high-efficiency laundry equipment to reduce water use and wastewater generation.

Jacobson Hat Co. – $7,500 for energy-efficient T-8 lighting with electronic ballasts.

LANCASTERCOUNTY

Lancaster Propane Gas Inc. – $7,500 for two auxiliary power units in long-haul trailers to eliminate idling during layovers.

Ephrata Self-Serve Laundry – $7,427 for high-efficiency laundry equipment.

Michael’s Motor Cars – $7,500 for high-efficiency heating and air conditioning and additional insulation.

Abel Tire Inc. – $3,681 for a waste oil burner and furnace.

Fastening Products of Lancaster Inc. – $7,500 for energy-efficient T-8 lighting with electronic ballasts.

Gypsum Agri-Cycle Inc – $7,500 for waste gypsum pelletization equipment to promote pollution prevention.

Duvall Chevrolet Inc. – $4,372 for a waste oil burner.

Vertex Mechanical Inc – $7,500 for three HVAC and domestic hot-water generating ground source heat pumps.

LAWRENCECOUNTY

Deb’s Trucking – $4,147 for an auxiliary power unit in long-haul trailer to eliminate idling during layovers.

LEBANONCOUNTY

Keller Bros. Motor Co. – $3,903 for high-efficiency lighting.

LEHIGHCOUNTY

LiveWell Integrated Health LLC – $7,500 for high-efficiency heat pumps.

LUZERNECOUNTY

Miners Mills Laundromat – $7,500 for high-efficiency laundry equipment to reduce water use and wastewater generation.

Bennett St. Laundromat – $7,500 for high-efficiency laundry equipment to reduce water use and wastewater generation.

LYCOMINGCOUNTY

Palmer Industrial Coatings – $5,198 for high-efficiency furnace.

Picture Rocks Hardware – $2,427 for high-efficiency burner and boiler.

MONTGOMERYCOUNTY

KSL Enterprice Bond Cleaners – $7,500 for a hydrocarbon-based dry-cleaning unit and a water-based washing unit.

John R. Young & Co. – $5,830 for a waste oil burner.

NORTHAMPTONCOUNTY

Clothesline Organics – $135 for high-efficiency lighting.

House of Sabatini – $7,500 for high-efficiency boiler and additional insulation.

Sayre Mansion – $7,500 for high-efficiency heating and air conditioning.

Tencza Dental Assoc. PC – $7,500 for digital radiography and related equipment to eliminate conventional x-ray equipment and waste generation.

NORTHUMBERLANDCOUNTY

Shamokin Filler Co. Inc. – $7,500 for an upgraded rotary, dryer-firing furnace.

PHILADELPHIACOUNTY

Green Line Cafe – $3,750 for additional insulation and energy-efficiency upgrades to heating and air conditioning system.

Otolith LLC – $1,120 for EnergyStar-rated, ductless air conditioner.

Geechee Girl Rice Cafe – $2,794 for a high-efficiency commercial dishwasher.

Fidelity Cleaners Inc. – $7,500 for a high-efficiency boiler.

PIKECOUNTY

Charles H. Worzel, Jr. – $5,070 for an auxiliary power unit in long-haul trailer to eliminate idling during layovers.

Camping Management Corp. – $2,354 for LED lighting on buildings.

SCHUYLKILLCOUNTY

K. K. Kovalovich D.P.M. – $6,740 for energy-efficiency upgrades to heating equipment.

Twin Valley Farms Exchange Inc. – $7,500 for two auxiliary power units in long-haul trailers to eliminate idling during layovers.

Rinaldi Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep Inc. – $7,500 for high-efficiency boiler with zone controls.

Coney Island Yorkville – $7,500 for high-efficiency lighting with individual motion sensors and high-efficiency restaurant equipment.

George Blum Appraisal & Consulting Service – $4,253 for a high-efficiency boiler with zone controls.

SUSQUEHANNACOUNTY

Montrose Dry Cleaners – $6,750 for a high-efficiency boiler with zone controls.

Robert T. Griffis & Sons Inc. – $7,500 for a high-efficiency boiler to be used in a slab radiant heat system.

VENANGOCOUNTY

ThermoTech Heating, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration – $6,101 for a high-efficiency boiler and heat pump.

WASHINGTONCOUNTY

Big “G” Tire Co. Inc. – $3,919 for nitrogen tire filling station to extend useful lives of tires.

WESTMORELANDCOUNTY

Heirloom Industries LLC – $7,500 for a ground-heat boiler in existing car/pet wash facility.

Lincoln Coin Laundry – $7,275 for high-efficiency washing machines.

Latrobe M & M Trucking Inc. – $3,280 for an auxiliary power unit in long-haul trailer to eliminate idling during layovers.

    CONTACT:
    Teresa Candori (DEP)
    717-787-1323

    Chuck Ardo
    717-783-1116


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