Renewable Portfolio Standard (Pennsylvania)

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Last modified on February 5, 2013.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Pennsylvania
Name Renewable Portfolio Standard
Incentive Type Renewables Portfolio Standard
Applicable Sector Utility
Eligible Technologies Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Landfill Gas, Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Electric, Wind
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Credit Trading No

Standard PECO: 2% in 2001; increasing 0.5% annually; other utilities vary
Technology Minimum No

Last DSIRE Review 2004-08-05

References DSIRE[1]


Pennsylvania’s December 1996 electricity restructuring law did not establish a renewable portfolio standard. However, as with the state’s public benefits funds for renewables, a renewable energy portfolio requirement was subsequently established through individual utility restructuring settlements with PECO, PP&L, GPU, and Allegheny (West Penn).

In the case of PECO, for example, on January 1, 2001, 20% of PECO's residential customers were to be assigned to a provider of last resort-default supplier other than PECO via a competitive bidding process . To qualify for the "competitive default service" bidding process, an electric generation supplier had to agree to provide in 2001 at least 2.0% of its generation portfolio from renewable resources (See eligible technologies above). The renewable energy increment was to increase 0.5% annually thereafter.

Other utility settlement agreements contained similar provisions, although GPU's portfolio requirement was only 0.2% renewables and municipal solid waste was an eligible fuel source. However, these agreements contained a clause that eliminated the requirement if the increase in cost as a result of using renewable energy exceeded a certain level. Only PECO's bid process was successful, with New Power picking up 299,000 customers and Green Mountain Power taking over about 50,000. New Power later went out of business and the number of Green Mountain Power's customers has dropped to about 32,000.

Under the terms of the agreement with PECO, Green Mountain Energy's offer is between 1 and 2 percent less than the PECO price to compare, depending on the residential customer rate class.

Generators located in PJM may sell to any LSE in PA; generators located in MISO may sell to LSEs serving PA load in MISO.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Dan Griffiths
Department Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Division Office of Energy and Technology Deployment
Address Rachel Carson State Office Building
Address 2 400 Market Street
Place Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Zip/Postal Code 17105-2063
Phone (717) 783-0542
Phone 2 (717) 787-2814

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"