‘All hands on deck’: Pennsylvania ramps up battle against the spotted lanternfly

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, The (Allentown) Morning Call

Pennsylvania has allocated an additional $3 million in its budget toward the containment of the spotted lanternfly, bringing the total to more than $10 million to protect businesses and agriculture in the state.

The funding was announced Tuesday at a joint press conference held by Gov. Tom Wolf, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Penn State University, and U.S. Department of Agriculture at a Harrisburg site populated with spotted lanternflies.

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USDA Provides Funding for More Than 1,100 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Nationwide

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced significant awards for several rural energy interests across the country.  The USDA’s press release is found here.

Pittsburgh is quickly becoming one of the nation’s energy hubs, not only because of shale gas, but also because of burgeoning energy efficiency technologies, existing alternative energy companies like Green Mountain, and Westinghouse’s nuclear capabilities.

The USDA’s interest and investment in rural energy assets speaks directly to our region where 70% of Southwest Pennsylvania counties are rural and is a clear signal to developing and established energy companies that the federal government is eager and able to invest in their success.

Cohen & Grigsby’s Public Affairs and especially its federal government capabilities can tie current and prospective clients to the USDA’s energy resources as well as the Department of Energy’s, the Department of Commerce’s, the Department of Defense’s, and even the Department of Labor’s, which is developing strategies to augment the country’s “energy workforce.”

To learn more, please contact Aaron Grau at agrau@cohenlaw.com or 412-480-1809.