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July 2, 2014

DEP to host energy funding workshops

NEW CASTLE — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is conducting Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority funding workshops this month.

Non-profit corporations, schools, colleges and universities, and local governments, public corporations, businesses and authorities are invited to attend one of three workshops in western Pennsylvania.

An estimated $12.5 million is now available through the authority to provide funding to support energy projects and for businesses interested in locating or expanding their alternative energy manufacturing or production operations in the commonwealth.

The energy authority anticipates awarding approximately $10 million for renewable energy projects such as wind, hydropower, solar, and biomass, along with demand management measures including energy recovery, energy efficiency and load management.

The workshops are being offered to assist potential applicants learn more about funding eligibility and requirements. Presentations will include a demonstration of the online eGrants application process. The deadline to apply for grant money is Aug. 15.

The workshops will be run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the following dates and locations:

•July 17 — North Central Regional Planning and Development Commission Office, 651 Montmorenci Road, Ridgway

•July 23 — Cranberry Township Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township

•July 24 — Tom Ridge Environmental Education Center, 301 Peninsula Drive, Erie

Registration will close at 5 p.m. the day before each workshop. Those wishing to register must provide name, organization, email and workshop date to Gary Clark, the DEP Northwest Region community relations coordinator, at, or by calling (814) 332-6615.

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