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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 02-1328




[4 PA. CODE CH. 5]


[32 Pa.B. 3695]

Governor's Interagency Task Force on Energy

July 18, 2002

   Whereas, ensuring a safe, secure, reliable and affordable energy supply is critical to the welfare of Pennsylvania's citizens and to the continued economic prosperity of the Commonwealth; and

   Whereas, Pennsylvania must move forward with a plan to maintain such an energy supply consistent with an ongoing commitment to a healthy economy, a high quality of life, and a clean, safe environment; and

   Whereas, maintaining a diverse and reliable energy portfolio will be critical to minimizing the effects of any single energy source on Pennsylvania's consumers and economic viability; and

   Whereas, demand management is one of the most proactive and preventive approaches that the Commonwealth can take in ensuring a future with an adequate and sustainable supply of energy; and

   Whereas, understanding the link between energy generation and use and the effects on public health and environment is critical to making sound and sustainable decisions on energy policy; and

   Whereas, Pennsylvania has addressed energy issues in a deliberate, cooperative, and coordinated manner utilizing existing Commonwealth agencies and councils represented on the Governor's Energy Task Force; and

   Whereas, the Governor's Energy Task Force was created in 2000 to promote interagency cooperation, emergency preparedness, and the coordination of governmental educational efforts to better leverage resources and raise public awareness of energy-related issues.

   Now, therefore, I, Mark S. Schweiker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other laws, do formally create within the Governor's Executive Offices, the Governor's Interagency Task Force on Energy.


   Fiscal Note: GOV 02-8. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption. Federal funds will be used to pay for the costs of this Task Force.

Annex A


5.991.Purposes and goals.
5.992.Composition of the Governor's Interagency Task Force on Energy (Task Force).
5.993.Responsibilities of the Governor's Interagency Task Force on Energy (Task Force).
5.994.Responsibilities of Commonwealth agencies and other entities.

§ 5.991.  Purposes and goals.

   The purposes and goals of the Governor's Interagency Task Force on Energy are to:

   (1)  Encourage a diverse supply of energy using traditional and renewable sources and ensuring adequate delivery systems.

   (2)  Promote energy efficiency and conservation.

   (3)  Protect public health and safety through environmental quality programs, energy assistance and ensuring emergency preparedness.

   (4)  Make recommendations to the Governor on energy policy matters.

   (5)  Coordinate State agency actions.

   (6)  Identify opportunities for State agencies to lead by example.

§ 5.992.  Composition of the Governor's Interagency Task Force on Energy (Task Force).

   The Task Force shall consist of the following members, each of whom are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor:

   (1)  Director of the Governor's Policy Office who shall serve as Chairperson.

   (2)  Chairperson, Public Utility Commission.

   (3)  Director, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

   (4)  Executive Director, Pennsylvania Rural Development Council.

   (5)  Secretary of Aging.

   (6)  Secretary of Agriculture.

   (7)  Secretary of Community and Economic Development.

   (8)  Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources.

   (9)  Secretary of Environmental Protection.

   (10)  Secretary of General Services.

   (11)  Secretary of Health.

   (12)  Secretary of Public Welfare.

   (13)  Secretary of Transportation.

   (14)  Secretary of Governor's Office of Administration.

   (15)  Other individuals the Governor may elect to appoint.

§ 5.993.  Responsibilities of the Governor's Interagency Task Force on Energy (Task Force).

   (a)  The Task Force will provide advice and assistance in the preparation and review of agency energy plans that will implement reports of the Task Force.

   (b)  The Task Force will seek to develop good working relationships with interested stakeholders.

   (c)  The Task Force will seek to develop good working relationships with Federal and local government agencies to:

   (1)  Promote access to Federal energy funds.

   (2)  Remain actively involved in regional and National decisions.

   (3)  Support National efforts to ensure an adequate, reliable and diverse supply of energy.

   (d)  The Task Force shall assemble the individual agencies' energy plans and submit them, together with an executive summary including a progress report, to the Governor on or before September 15 of each year.

§ 5.994.  Responsibilities of Commonwealth agencies and other entities.

   (a)  Each executive agency, and all independent agencies participating voluntarily in this initiative, shall develop an annual plan, to be known as the energy plan, outlining the actions the agency will take to implement the recommendations of the Governor's Interagency Task Force on Energy (Task Force) to:

   (1)  Ensure diverse generation and availability of energy supply.

   (2)  Promote conservation, efficiency and demand management.

   (3)  Protect public health and safety.

   (4)  Further support the energy goals of the Commonwealth as set forth by the Task Force.

   (b)  The energy plan shall also include the measures taken in the previous year that addressed the goals listed in subsection (a). These plans shall be submitted to the Task Force for advice and assistance on or before July 15 of each year.

   (c)  The Task Force members shall each designate staff to serve on an Interagency Energy Team that will meet, as needed, to ensure that plan tasks are developed and implemented. The team shall report to the Chairperson of the Task Force. The Governor's Policy Office will coordinate the activities of the team.

   (d)  Agencies under the Governor's jurisdiction shall fully cooperate and provide assistance, particularly with regard to agency energy plans, to the Task Force in performing its functions.

§ 5.995.  Compensation.

   Members of the Governor's Interagency Task Force on Energy shall receive no compensation for their services, except that the members may be reimbursed for actual travel and related expenses in accordance with Commonwealth policy. See Chapter 40 (relating to travel and subsistence).

§ 5.996.  Funding.

   Each agency shall provide sufficient funds and staff to develop and implement its energy plan.

§ 5.997.  Meetings.

   The Governor's Interagency Task Force on Energy meetings will be held twice a year and will be open to the public as required by the 65 Pa.C.S. Chapter 7 (relating to Sunshine Act).

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 02-1328. Filed for public inspection August 2, 2002, 9:00 a.m.]

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