PEC Blog

Category: Energy & Climate

A Primer on Energy Efficiency: Challenges and Opportunities

March 2, 2017By: Michael Blackhurst

Note: this post is part of a series highlighting PEC’s upcoming conference, Achieving Deep Carbon Reductions: Paths for Pennsylvania’s Energy Future, March 15-16 at the David L. Lawrence Convention center in downtown Pittsburgh. This piece was contributed by Michael Blackhurst, PhD of the University of...

It’s More Than Just the Power Sector

February 24, 2017By: Lindsay Baxter

Note: this post is part of a series highlighting PEC’s upcoming conference, Achieving Deep Carbon Reductions: Paths for Pennsylvania’s Energy Future, March 15-16 at the David L. Lawrence Convention center in downtown Pittsburgh. This piece was contributed by Lindsay Baxter, Program Manager for...

Economizing the Environment

February 17, 2017By: Katrina Kelly

Note: this post is part of a series highlighting PEC’s upcoming conference, Achieving Deep Carbon Reductions: Paths for Pennsylvania’s Energy Future, March 15-16 at the David L. Lawrence Convention center in downtown Pittsburgh. This piece was contributed by guest blogger Katrina M. Kelly of...

Nuclear Energy and Decarbonization of the Energy Sector

February 2, 2017By: Mike Ford

Note: this post is part of a series highlighting PEC’s upcoming conference, Achieving Deep Carbon Reductions: Paths for Pennsylvania’s Energy Future, March 15-16 at the David L. Lawrence Convention center in downtown Pittsburgh. This piece was contributed by guest blogger Mike Ford of Carnegie Mellon...

The Challenge and Opportunity of Deep Decarbonization

January 27, 2017By: John Dernbach

  Note: this post is part of a series highlighting PEC’s upcoming conference, Achieving Deep Carbon Reductions: Paths for Pennsylvania’s Energy Future, March 15-16 at the David L. Lawrence Convention center in downtown Pittsburgh. This piece was contributed by guest blogger John Dernbach...

Climate Change and Energy: We Need a Big Boat

January 20, 2017By: Armond Cohen

Note: this is the first in a series of guest blog posts highlighting PEC’s upcoming conference, Achieving Deep Carbon Reductions: Paths for Pennsylvania’s Energy Future, March 15-16 at the David L. Lawrence Convention center in downtown Pittsburgh. This piece was contributed by...

Environmental Focus – Responsible Shale Development

Environmental Focus – Responsible Shale Development

October 25, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

In the latest Environmental Focus, we examine efforts to advance leading practices and safeguards for unconventional shale gas development. Interviewed are Susan LeGros, President and Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, and Davitt Woodwell, President of the...

(Un)Conventional Thinking, Part 2

October 7, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

As of today, Pennsylvania finally has in place the core of a twenty-first century set of rules for the gas industry. It has taken three governors, four DEP secretaries, two state supreme court decisions, three sessions of the General Assembly,...

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 7: Gabi Hughes

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 7: Gabi Hughes

September 20, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

Gabi Hughes, an environmental educator at the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, joins the podcast to discuss what led her to environmental education, her experience in the profession, and more. Visit PEC’s Audio Room to listen to the podcast’s first...

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 6: Elena Meth

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 6: Elena Meth

September 20, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

Elena Meth, an environmental studies/sociology and anthropology double major at Denison University joins the podcast to discuss how she developed her passion for the environment, her collegiate studies, the next generation of environmental stewards, and more. Visit PEC’s Audio Room...

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 4: Don Hopey

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 4: Don Hopey

September 6, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette environmental reporter Don Hopey joins the podcast to discuss the state of environmental journalism, how he got started in the industry, and much more. Visit PEC’s Audio Room to listen to the podcast’s first three episodes featuring PEC’s John...

Introducing “Pennsylvania Legacies”

Introducing “Pennsylvania Legacies”

August 15, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

In our continuing efforts to increase environmental and conservation stewardship across the Commonwealth, PEC is pleased to present our first podcast series (the term “PEC-Cast” has even been suggested). Titled “Pennsylvania Legacies,” these conversations, hosted by Davitt Woodwell, are meant...

(Un)Conventional Thinking

(Un)Conventional Thinking

June 8, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

Davitt Woodwell President Pennsylvania Environmental Council The Pennsylvania General Assembly today allowed an important step forward in managing unconventional shale gas development in the Commonwealth. By not upending the six-year process that led to amendments of the Oil and Gas...

Pennsylvania Signals Strong Steps on Methane

Pennsylvania Signals Strong Steps on Methane

January 20, 2016By: John Walliser

Yesterday (Jan. 19), Governor Wolf announced that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be advancing a series of measures to control methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. Methane is very much at the forefront of national awareness...

Decarbonizing the Energy Mix is the End Goal

Decarbonizing the Energy Mix is the End Goal

December 14, 2015By: Lindsay Baxter

A recent article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review highlighted some of the lessons learned from my recent travels in Germany studying energy policy. I’d like to offer my thanks to the Trib’s David Conti for helping us to open the conversation...

The Budget & Protecting the Public Trust

The Budget & Protecting the Public Trust

December 11, 2015By: Davitt Woodwell

No one will dispute that the now-annual spectacle of the Commonwealth budget reflects poorly on the current state of governance in Harrisburg. What hasn’t been acknowledged enough, however, is the surreptitious use of this spectacle to undermine environmental protections. Over...

PEC Celebrates Green Workplace Achievements

PEC Celebrates Green Workplace Achievements

December 3, 2015By: Lindsay Baxter

On Wednesday, Dec. 2, PEC attended the 2014-15 Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge awards celebration. We are thrilled to announce that as a first time competitor, we took third place in the micro non-profit category. We offer our congratulations to the...

PEC’s Lindsay Baxter Sends a Postcard From Germany

PEC’s Lindsay Baxter Sends a Postcard From Germany

October 26, 2015By: Lindsay Baxter

*Lindsay Baxter, PEC Program Manager for Energy & Climate, recaps her first week studying energy policy in Germany as part of her three-week McCloy Fellowship in Environmental Policy through the American Council on Germany.* It’s hard to believe that the first...

PEC Continues its Clean Up Work in Northeast Pennsylvania

PEC Continues its Clean Up Work in Northeast Pennsylvania

July 22, 2015By: Janet Sweeney

Statistics from this spring’s illegal dumpsite clean ups in Susquehanna and Wayne counties have been tabulated and the numbers are quite impressive! Palmira Miller, program coordinator in PEC’s Northeast office, certainly had a busy season organizing and cleaning up illegal dumpsites...

PEC Continues Progress in Green Workplace Challenge

PEC Continues Progress in Green Workplace Challenge

June 24, 2015By: Lindsay Baxter

Since fall of 2014, PEC’s Southwest office has been competing in the Green Workplace Challenge, a friendly competition among employers of all sizes and sectors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through sustainability efforts. The Challenge was established in 2012 by...

Recapping the Residential Energy Efficiency Summit

Recapping the Residential Energy Efficiency Summit

May 1, 2015By: Lindsay Baxter

PEC had the opportunity to partner with GTECH Strategies and Conservation Consultants, Inc. to host the Regional Energy Efficiency Summit on Tuesday, April 28. This event brought together more than 50 participants including representatives of local and state government, financing...

Environmental Protection is Everyone’s Business

Environmental Protection is Everyone’s Business

March 24, 2015By: John Walliser

Last week the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Oil & Gas Technical Advisory Board (TAB) met to review revisions to a regulatory proposal for managing surface and aquatic impacts from natural gas development. PEC has been named to the TAB...

Initial Reactions to Energy Policy at a Crossroads

Initial Reactions to Energy Policy at a Crossroads

March 4, 2015By: Lindsay Baxter

Yesterday, PEC had the opportunity to join its partners to present “Energy Policy at a Crossroads: Why 2015 is Pivotal…” This program brought experts from Boston, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh for an engaging conversation around the...

Avoiding Future Pollution Legacies

February 27, 2015By: John Walliser

An article in the Wall Street Journal this week underscored the reality that any boom in natural resource development – including natural gas – ultimately recedes. Too frequently, the end of the boom results in tremendous environmental and financial burdens...

Pennsylvania Must Still Act on Methane

January 14, 2015By: John Walliser

This morning (Jan. 14) the White House announced an ambitious and welcome goal of reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry 45 percent by 2025. Methane emissions are a considerable threat to climate change, posing over 80 times...

PEC Commits to Green Workplace Challenge

January 13, 2015By: Lindsay Baxter

Increased heart beat. Butterflies in the stomach. Sweaty palms. It’s these types of effects that stem from the thrill of competition, and PEC is proud to announce it will be competing in one as 2015 gets underway! Alright, maybe it’s...

Recapping the “Energy for the Power of 32” Conference

December 19, 2014By: Lindsay Baxter

On Dec. 11, 2014, nearly 500 individuals gathered in downtown Pittsburgh to plan for the region’s energy future. The “Energy for the Power of 32” conference brought together scientists, utility companies, policy makers, and environmentalists from the 32 counties surrounding...