HARRISBURG – 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.