With American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, Pennsylvania is building lasting assets. Recovery Act awards are helping to pave roads and fix bridges, fund clean water projects, strengthen a public education system that continues to produce academic gains for students, and improve our state's environment and energy efficiency. The Recovery Act is also helping those most in need through extended unemployment benefits, food assistance and health care. In the process, Pennsylvania is creating tens of thousands of jobs. For more detailed information about projects in your county, follow the corresponding project link below. In instances where projects impact more than one county, the project and funding amount may appear in other county summaries. Many other projects in the county are funded by Recovery Act dollars distributed directly from federal agencies. Information on those projects is available at http://www.recovery.gov/.
The project will increase energy efficiency in homes by reducing energy costs and increasing comfort while safeguarding the health and safety of the resident. Eligible applicants are those persons or families whose income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.
On-site energy audits are conducted on each home to determine which of the following measures would be installed or services performed, up to an average of $6,500 per home: blower door guided air sealing to effectively locate and reduce air-leakage throughout the home; installation of attic, wall, basement and crawlspace insulation and ventilation to reduce energy loss; heating system modification or replacement to increase the efficiency and/or safety of the heating system; minor repairs, and/or health and safety measures are provided (when necessary) to allow the safe and effective installation of the weatherization measures; energy baseload reduction, including CFL and appliance replacement, and; client education on the proper use and maintenance of the installed Weatherization measures and ways to reduce energy waste everyday.
The project will weatherize 727 homes through 3/31/12.
The township will undertake several energy conservation measures recommended in a Level 1 ASHRAE Audit, inclduding replacement of a 23-year old gas-fired boiler with an EnergyStar rated, modern unit; retrofitting malfunctioning entranceway doors to decrease significant losses of conditioned air; retrofitting exterior parking area lights with more efficient and longer lasting LED lighting; and retrofitting interior parking garage lighting from 175 watt metal halide exterior fixtures to interior T5 lighting. Implementing the ECMs will cost approximately $171,325. The township is requesting $102,795 from the PA Conservation Works! program and will provide a cash contribution of $68,530 (40%). ECM Implementation will save the township an estimated $26,091/yr in energy costs, a 6.5 year simple payback, and conserve 79,655 kWh electricity and 1.51 MMcf of natural gas per year conserving 29.9% of the energy use of the related systems.
The Abington Memorial Hospital Lighting Conservation Project is part of the overall strategy that Abington Health's strategic energy plan encompasses to become more sustainable. In June 2009, Abington Memorial Hospital employed an Engineering firm to assist in the development of their strategic energy plan. An evaluation of the hospitals mechanical and electrical systems was performed to identify and prioritize conservation strategies. The lighting conservation project is the first project to commence. The project will consist of four (4) parking garages to be relamped with high efficiency fixtures and lighting controls. Annual energy savings will be 52%, or 1,225,359 kWh.
The existing aeration blowers are constant speed and require frequent maintenance and are inefficient. The blowers will be replaced with blowers that are more efficient, have premium efficiency motors, and variable speed drives. The blowers and drives will cost approx $588,900 and will reduce energy consumption by 27% and generate approx $41,800 in savings per year. The reduced energy required by the blowers will save approx 522,800 kw-hr per year in electricity. This reduction improves air quality and related environmental and health indicators. Providing a reliable wastewater infrastructure, will help create an environment that new businesses will want to invest in.
The Lansdale Hospital Energy Initiatives and Conservation Project is a piece of the overall strategy in Abington Health's strategic energy plan to become more sustainable. The plan outlines progress objectives and conservation initiatives at three (3) campus locations: Abington Memorial Hospital, the Warminster Campus and Lansdale Hospital. The Lansdale Hospital Energy Initiatives and Conservation Project will consist of improved lighting system controls, the application of a computerized building control system for the HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) systems, and the renewal of air handling systems with high efficiency heat pumps and air handlers. Annual energy savings as a result of this project will be 44.9%, or 1,978,451 kWh.
The cogeneration project involves the installation of a 4.5 MW natural gas-fired combustion turbine that will produce steam as a by-product. The project will serve about 66% of the on-site electricity load and the boiler usage will be reduced by about 50%.
The project consists of the installation of a 617 kilowatt solar array for the purpose of generating clean, renewable energy. To implement the project, Buckman's Inc. has contracted with Metro-Tek Electrical Services to install the solar energy system. As part of the project, Buckman's Inc. and Metro-Tek will install a web based monitoring system, build a web based learning/educational portal for solar energy, publish research on the impact of solar energy, power quality monitoring, and power factor analysis on the facility's electrical demand, and examine the project financials to further the development of future reneweable engery projects
Install a 1,500 kilowatt fixed panel solar photvoltaic system above the existing parking garage while maintaining existing capacity at Merck's Upper Gwynedd campus. The system will tie into the sites electrical distributionsystem and have the ability to export electricity to the local utility grid when generation exceeds the sites needs. The project will also install appr 10 plug-in hybrid/electric vehicle recharging stations.
This project will fund the purchase and installation of 47 diesel oxidation catalysts (DOC) on school buses in the fleet operated by CMD Services Inc. for Pottstown School District and Pottsgrove School District.
The project provides financial assistance to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless or help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized. Funds will be used for activities to address the jurisdiction’s homelessness needs such as: financial assistance with rental payments; security deposits; utility payments or deposits; arrearages; moving costs; and motel/hotel vouchers.
The project consists of the rehabilitation of 2 single family dwelling units. Applicants must have households with incomes at or below 80% of area median income as established by US Dept of Housing & Urban Development.
Dismantle package sewage treatment plant and pump station in Regal Oaks subdivision, install 11,500 linear feet of gravity mains, 6,720 linear feet of force mains, 2,260 linear feet of sewer lines and 3,260 linear feet of interceptors, 21 manholes, 2 pump stations and a treatment capacity purchase from Pottstown Borough Authority.This system serves 1,232 medium income households in Upper Pottsgrove Township, Montgomery County. Current average annual sewer rates are $405. Rates are expected to increase by 135%.
Construction of a 35,910 square foot pervious parking lot with an infiltration bed and bioretention islands to store an estimated 9,170 cubic feet of storm water; treat an estimated 85% suspended solids, 85% of phosphorous, and 30% of nitrates from storm water runoff discharging to Towamencin Creek.
The project will expand the Latino Micro Enterprise Resource Center by training individuals in the skills necessary to create a business plan. Individuals will be enrolled in a Commercial Driver’s License training program with the intent of successfully completing training and secure full time employment. It will also refer immigrant/refugee individuals to partner agencies to address issues regarding employment, housing and language training in order to facilitate integration. It will enroll individuals in financial literacy training program through Consumer Credit Counseling Services to reduce their personal debt. Green Jobs Technology Training will be provided and “Financial Literacy for Pottstown” will be conducted for participants to increase their personal savings. Individuals will enroll in CADCOM’s Fatherhood or Ex-Offender training programs.
* Totals reflect only funding flowing through state agencies.
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The Recovery Act will help low income individuals and families with a 13.69% increase in the maximum Food Stamp (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or SNAP) benefit. It also suspends the 3 month limit on assistance for many unemployed childless adults.
Low income children and adults will continue to have access to health care through Medical Assistance.
Health Insurance for Unemployed
The Recovery Act will help make health care available to individuals who are involuntarily separated from their jobs. A COBRA subsidy will pay 65 percent of the monthly premium for individuals earning less than $145,000 and couples earning less than $290,000.
Individuals earning up to $75,000 will receive a $400 tax credit in 2009 and 2010. Married couples filing jointly and earning up to $150,000 will receive a $800 tax credit.
The Recovery Act will help these Pennsylvanians with a $25 per week increase in unemployment benefits through the rest of the year. It also provides additional weeks of benefits.
All numbers are estimates, and will fluctuate over time.