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                                     OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
                               C O M M O N W E AL T H O F P E N N S Y L V A N I A
              Governor’s Press Office  Room 308, Main Capitol Building  Harrisburg, PA 17120
           717-783-1116 (Phone)  717-772-8462 (Fax)

                                 EDWARD G. RENDELL, Governor

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                            CONTACT:
  Nov. 13, 2007                                                                     Chuck Ardo

  HARRISBURG – Joined by representatives of more than 40 businesses from a wide range of
  industries, Governor Edward G. Rendell today counted the reasons developing alternative and
  renewable energy is important to Pennsylvania’s economic future and America’s national security.

  “When I unveiled the Energy Independence Strategy in February, the average price for a gallon of
  regular gasoline in Pennsylvania was $2.23 and a barrel of crude oil was around $53,” the Governor
  said. “Now, motorists are paying more than $3 per gallon at the pump and crude oil is trading
  around $100 a barrel.”

  The Governor said estimates, provided at the 2007-08 Winter Fuels Outlook Conference in
  Washington D.C. last month, showed that, on average, residential heating costs are expected to
  increase 10 percent under normal temperatures this winter. Across the board, prices for home
  heating oil are expected to jump 22 percent; 16 percent higher for propane; 10 percent for natural
  gas, and 4 percent more for electricity.

  “These substantial price increases are stretching the budgets of our families and businesses and it’s
  a trend that’s likely to continue unless we do something now,” the Governor said. “As the
  economies of nations like India and China continue to grow, the demand for oil will increase
  dramatically, but supplies have not kept pace. Unless the oil rich nations can locate new oilfields
  that will meet the necessary output levels — a challenge that has thus far been unmet — we can
  expect price increases to continue, and that will have far reaching impacts across our economy.”

  The increase in energy costs have led to jumps in the cost of food and other consumer products and
  services. The Governor also expressed concern at the level of national debt incurred by the United
  States to finance its oil consumption. America borrows an estimated additional $1 billion every day
  to purchase oil.
“We simply cannot continue down this path,” said the Governor. “Our rising oil consumption and
massive borrowing are threatening our economy, national security, and way of life. A great amount
of our foreign oil comes from politically unstable countries — many of which are hostile to
America’s interests. What’s more, the incredible amounts that we’re borrowing are having a
devastating effect on the value of our currency.”

Governor Rendell also outlined concerns over Pennsylvania’s electricity situation and the effects it
could have on consumers, the environment, and the state’s landscape.

“Right now, the commonwealth is a net exporter of electricity,” he said. “But as our demand for
power continues to escalate, we’ll need to bring more expensive generation plants online and
require more high-voltage transmission lines to be strung up through our back yards.

“Additionally, the generation caps that have held electricity rates in check for the last decade have
expired in parts of Pennsylvania, the last of which will expire statewide in 2011,” he said. “Once
that happens, our residents and businesses will be exposed to the hyper-volatile spikes of the
wholesale market that will lead to double- and triple-digit rate increases. That spells an economic
train wreck for our state.”

The companies joining the Governor’s call for action today represented a broad cross section of
industries in Pennsylvania. Companies engaged in renewable energy development and deployment,
agriculture, business development, environmental advocacy and biofuel production were on hand.

Of those present, Stephen Gatto, chairman of BioEnergy International LLC, which is building
Pennsylvania’s first ethanol production facility in Clearfield County; Doug Farnham, president of
PFBC Environmental Energy Technology in Washington County; and Chris Alonzo, vice president
of Chester County’s Pietro Industries, made remarks.

Since the passage of the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act in 2004, Pennsylvania
has become a leading destination for wind, solar and biofuel production project that have brought
$1 billion in economic growth and added nearly 3,000 jobs. The act mandates that 18 percent of the
state’s retail electricity be produced and consumed from alternative and renewable sources by 2021.

To continue building on Pennsylvania’s accomplishments in this rapidly growing industry, though,
more investments are needed to compete with other states and nations.

“I believe clean energy will be to our future economy what information technology and life sciences
have been over the past two decades,” said Governor Rendell. “Others are stepping up to compete
with us, so Pennsylvania cannot fall behind. Establishing our state as a leader in clean energy
production will create opportunities for our hardworking men and women.”

Designed to target $850 million in new investments to this industry, the Energy Independence Fund
— part of the Governor’s strategy — will attract $3.5 billion in new economic activity to
Pennsylvania and create 13,000 new jobs.

The plan protects consumers from the shock higher electricity rates by providing the tools and
information necessary to help consumers make better informed decisions about their electricity use.
Utilities would be required to provide smart meters that tell consumers exactly how much electricity
is being consumed at any given time and at what cost. Rebates would also be offered for consumers
purchasing high efficiency refrigerators and air conditioners, and for those residential and small
business consumers that install solar panel systems.

The Energy Independence Strategy will also help reduce Pennsylvania’s dependence on foreign oil
by requiring that nearly 1 billion gallons of biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel be included in the
state’s transportation fuel supply — creating opportunities for the state’s farmers who grow the
crops to produce these fuels. The target equals the amount of liquid fuel that the commonwealth will
likely import from the Persian Gulf by 2017.

“The time to act is now,” concluded the Governor. “Rising energy prices and our growing
dependence of foreign oil are real threats. I’m calling on the General Assembly to act on the Energy
Independence Strategy before both houses recess for the winter.”

For more information on the Energy Independence Strategy, visit, and
click on the “Fueling Energy Savings” icon.


The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable
citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about
Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit his Web site at:

EDITOR’S NOTE: The names of individuals representing the more than 40 companies joining
Governor Rendell today are provided below, grouped by county.

Adams County
John Rice, CEO, Rice Fruit Company, Gardners

Allegheny County
Nathaniel Doyno, executive director, Steel City Biofuels, Pittsburgh

Audrey Russo, president and CEO; Brian Kennedy, vice president of government relations,
   Pittsburgh Technology Council, Pittsburgh

Eileen M. Schmura, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, Pittsburgh

Andy Hannah, president and CEO, Plextronics, Pittsburgh

Joe Cranston, Consus Ethanol LLC, Pittsburgh

Berks County
Sandy Solmon, owner, Sweet Streets, Reading

Anthony DiGirolamo, chief financial officer, Street Sweet Desserts, Reading

Cambria County
Charles Tremel, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, Johnstown

Chester County
David Ellis, senior vice president for business development, Enerwise Global Tech. Inc., Kennett

Sarah Hetznecker, president, Suntechnics (Conergy), Malvern

Chris Alonzo, vice president, Pietro Industries, Kennett Square

Buster Needham, president of Hy-Tech Mushroom and SMS Company, West Grove

Stephan Schlobach, executive president/sales east coast, Crown Hardwoods and Veneer, West Grove

Steve Baer, Five Winds International, West Chester

Eric Thumma, director policy and regulatory affairs, Iberdrola, Devon

Clarion County
Jim MacAulay, engineering manager, Clarion Boards, Inc., Shippenville

Clearfield County
Stephen Gatto, CEO; Corrine Young, director of government affairs; Sam McConnell, vice
   president of business development, BioEnergy International, Clearfield

Cumberland County
Rosemary McAvoy, president of Alternative Fuels Renewable Energies Council, Camp Hill

John Morefield, owner, Morefield Communications, Camp Hill

Chuck Wilson, Keystone Biofuels, Shiremanstown

Dauphin County
Dean Kline, deputy director, Penn Venture Partners, Harrisburg

Bradley Jones, vice president of Community Development of Harristown Development
   Corporation/ South Third Development Corporation, Harrisburg

John Tierney, COO/CFO and Matt Tunnell, Senior Vice President, Powers & Associates LLC,

John Hanger, president, PennFuture/Board of Managers Chairman, PaceControls, LLC, Harrisburg

Tim Manning, sales manager, Harman Stove Company, Halifax

Steve Krug, AIA, Harrisburg

Delaware County
Lou Budike, founder and CEO, Powerweb Technologies, Media

Bill Kingsley, managing partner, EnerTech Capital, Wayne

Fayette County
Zachary Easoz, Global Sales Manager, Solar Power Industries, Belle Vernon

Juniata County
Bruce Lisle, CEO, Energex, Mifflintown

Lancaster County
Tim Horn, president, Pennfield Feeds, Lancaster0-732-0467

Seth Obetz, president, and Jeff Lyons, vice president, Worley and Obetz, Manheim

Peter Hughes, owner, Red Barn Trading, East Petersburg

Hillary Bright, environmental planner, Land Studies, Lititz

Lawrence County
Edward Buiel, vice president, Axion Power, New Castle

Lehigh County
Peter Krajsa, owner, AFC First Financial Corporation, Allentown

Jim Backer, senior project manager, PPT Research, Allentown

Joseph Reibman, general counsel and treasurer, Resource Engineer System Tech Inc., Allentown

Dave Myers, Air Products, Allentown

Montgomery County
Jon Costanza, president, Sunpower Builders, Collegeville

Ron Celentano, CEO, Celentano Energy, Wyndmoor

Northumberlan County
Brian Cotner, CEO, Boyds Station Soybean Crushing facility, Danville

Philadelphia County
Donald Bradley Jr., owner, Solar Strategies Development Corporation, Philadelphia

Peter Alyanakian, senior development manager, Epuron/Conergy, Philadelphia

Lothar Budike, CEO, Light-Pod Inc., Philadelphia

Mia Adelberg, counsel, Gamesa, Philadelphia

Potter County
Jason Holmberg, PA Pellets, Coudersport

Schuylkill County
Keith Masser, president, Sterman Masser, Sacramento
Bob Hoppe, project manager, WMPI Pty. LLC, Gilberton

Tioga County
Robert J. Blair, president/CEO, Tioga County Development Corp. representing Pennsylvania
   Economic Development Association, Wellsboro

Westmoreland County
Doug Farnham, president, PFBC Environmental Technology Inc., Monessen

York County
Brent Blauch, CEO, Susquehanna Aquacultures/Limestone Springs, York Haven


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