Merski bill that prioritizes clean energy passes full House

HARRISBURG, April 16 – The Pennsylvania House passed a bill sponsored by state Rep. Bob Merski that would allow for the lease of land on Lake Erie for the purpose of harnessing clean energy solutions for Pennsylvania.

Merski, D-Erie, said his legislation (H.B. 254) -- which passed the House along party lines  -- represents a beacon of innovation, a path to sustainable economic growth, and a commitment to the stewardship of our environment for future generations.

“When everyone is brought to the table, we can bridge the gap between good-paying jobs and renewable energy,” Merski said. “This bill brought stakeholders from labor, environmental groups, the Fish and Boat Commission, Department of Community and Economic Development and Department of Environmental Protection together to make sure we continue protecting our environment in our efforts to bring jobs to Pennsylvania and help make America energy independent.

“By investing in clean energy, we are not only reducing our carbon footprint but also catalyzing innovation, creating jobs and ensuring energy security for generations to come. Additionally, this would be a safeguard for Erie County, protecting our natural resources while ensuring profits from this endeavor are brought back home to benefit us locally.”

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