Harrisburg, PA – House Speaker Mike Turzai, a Republican representing Allegheny County, helped introduce the “Energize PA” package of bills recently in Harrisburg.

“It was an idea that collectively a group of us had to move Pennsylvania forward that has two different visions for Pennsylvania, one that says… let’s grow the economy and make Pennsylvania an open door… and let’s in particular focus on those abandoned sites that we have all over the state, and let’s bring energy facilities and manufacturing facilities to those brownfield sites. We want to see actual growth and opportunities that provide family sustaining jobs and we think that the private sector will lead the way with the package that we put forth on the table.”

He says the 8-bill initiative is aimed at encouraging business growth and private reinvestment in Pennsylvania.

It would include no new fees or taxes.

The bills would still have to be voted on in the House and Senate before anything becomes law.

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HARRISBURG – Today Rep. Jonathan Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne) joined Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and other colleagues as the House Republican Caucus launched its Energize PA bill package which aims to help create, grow and sustain jobs in the Commonwealth without imposing new fees or taxes on Pennsylvania taxpayers.

As part of this package, Fritz’s PIPE Program legislation, House Bill 1103, is responsible for making grants from the Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE) more readily available to construct the last few miles of natural gas distribution lines to business parks and existing manufacturing and industrial enterprises; accelerate beneficial deployment of low-cost energy; and result in the creation of new economic base jobs in the Commonwealth while providing access to natural gas for residents.

“Through our Energize PA bill package, we will provide more job opportunities across the Commonwealth, especially our rural communities and allow other businesses to further expand and grow our state’s economy,” said Fritz.

Additionally, Fritz’s legislation accomplishes the following:
• Opens existing grants to large residential conversion projects and combined heat and power applications.
• Increases the maximum grant amount from $1 million to $1.5 million.
• Provides for an additional $500,000 grant for tapping projects.
• Directs the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) to develop streamlined guidelines to expedite applications for grants of $75,000 or less.