PEC in the News

Energy Issues: In and Out of the Pa. Budget

July 19, 2016Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania’s fiscal year budget package creates a new tax credit for power plants that clean up and burn refuse coal piles; clarifies the state’s oil and gas conservation law and shifts funding for green buildings toward natural gas infrastructure development...

State Must Ensure Safe End for Coal

July 19, 2016The Times-Tribune

Construction of several gas-fueled power plants in Northeast Pennsylvania demonstrates the extent to which market conditions have hastened the demise of the coal industry. Gas produced more electricity than coal for the first time in 2015, a trend that is...

Pa. Regulators, Coal Industry Say Money Secure for Mine Cleanup

July 9, 2016Trib Total Media

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden has spent more than a decade cleaning up the damage from a half-century of coal mining. “I’m sure there were times that people thought, ‘Let’s forget this site and find a pristine location somewhere else,’ ”...

PEC Comments on Potential Large User Opt-Out From Energy Efficiency Mandates

July 3, 2016Philly.com

Pa. Industrial Power Users Push for Relief From Conservation Mandates Pennsylvania’s large industrial power users are quietly lobbying for an exemption from state energy-efficiency mandates that would save them millions of dollars they now pay to utility-administered conservation plans. The...

Bill Would Open Up State Parks to Private Businesses

June 30, 2016The Allegheny Front

On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives rejected a bill that could have paved the way for private water slides, golf courses and even amusement parks within state parks. The bill would have created a system for the Department of...

Pennsylvania Agency Designates New ‘Wild Areas’

June 29, 2016Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources plans to designate five new “wild areas” in state forests, including the largest roadless area in the commonwealth and the 6,000-acre Quebec Run Wild Area in the Forbes State Forest near Uniontown...

Pa. Lawmakers Reject Bill to Open State Parks to Private Development

June 28, 2016Bay Journal

The Pennsylvania House soundly rejected Tuesday legislation that could have led to state parks with privately developed and run hotels and even amusement parks. The proposal failed on a 77-123 vote, despite the sponsor offering a significantly watered down version of...

House Rejects Plan to Study, Pilot Plan to Commercialize State Parks

June 28, 2016Penn Live

The state House on Tuesday rejected a a bill that would encourage privately operated recreational and hospitality development in state parks amid fears it would destroy the natural beauty of these 121 public-owned facilities scattered across 61 of Pennsylvania’s 67...