Merski measure prioritizing clean, renewable energy clears House committee

HARRISBURG, March 22 – The Pennsylvania House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Bob Merski that would allow for the lease of land on Lake Erie for wind, water (kinetic), and solar power generation.

Merski, D-Erie, said his legislation (H.B. 254) -- which was reported out of the House committee along party lines -- would help diversify Pennsylvania’s energy portfolio while prioritizing the use of clean, renewable energy to efficiently power Pennsylvania without increasing utility prices for consumers.

“The Erie region has a tremendous opportunity to be a leader in the development of green energy,” Merski said. “This bill would put us in a position to rise to the occasion by creating a vast, reliable energy network that will reduce our carbon footprint.

“Additionally, the economic impact of this legislation would be a boon for the Erie area as the projects would be an incredible source of family sustaining jobs. This is a win-win for our region, and I look forward to championing this vital bill throughout its legislative journey.”

The bill now heads to the full state House for consideration.