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Issue Position: Clean Energy and Green Jobs

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By increasing the production of clean energy, Pennsylvania can improve its environment and create well-paying jobs. Eugene is leading the way making Pennsylvania a leader in green jobs and clean energy production.

Encouraging clean energy investments and job creation. In 2008, Governor Ed Rendell signed Eugene's Alternative Energy Investment Act into law, giving Pennsylvania tools to attract clean energy production and provide loans to help consumers pay for the installation of solar panels, geothermal units, and other clean energy sources. The bill has already created thousands of jobs across the state.

Making Pennsylvania a leader in clean energy production. In March of 2010, Eugene announced new legislation, the Clean Energy and Green Jobs Bill. It will require that 25 percent of Pennsylvania's energy come from alternative energy by 2024. According to a January 2010 study, this extension of the 2004 Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act would create over 120,000 job hours, save consumers billions in energy costs and create a cleaner environment.

Decreasing his personal carbon footprint. In 2009, the DePasquale family installed a geothermal system in their own home.


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