The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 19, 2013

Northumberland County receives grant to convert courthouse furnace


The Daily Item

— HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority today approved a grant of more than $114,000 to Northumberland County to assist in the project to convert the County Courthouse to a natural gas heating system.

The Authority today approved the grant as a result of advocacy by State Senator John R. Gordner, R-27, and state Representatives Lynda Schlegel-Culver, R-108, and Kurt Masser, R-107.

The project will involve a conversion of the courthouse’s thirty-year-old oil heating system with a more efficient and cleaner natural gas furnace.

The $164,000 project is expected to save Northumberland County over $1 million in heating costs over the expected thirty-year life of the project.

In addition to lowering the county’s energy footprint and reducing energy costs, the project will maintain the historic nature of the courthouse, which was built in 1865 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority is an independent public financing authority created by the General Assembly in 1982. Its mission is to fund clean, advanced energy projects in the Commonwealth.

The Northumberland County grant is funded from the Growing Greener II bond program as part of an initiative to assist counties with clean energy projects.