PEC In The News

Category: Energy & Climate

Environmentalists recognized at annual Evening for NEPA’s Environment

October 20, 2016Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE —To Janet Sweeney, the Evening for Northeast Pennsylvania’s Environment on Thursday night was the culmination of a year’s worth of work of protecting our environment, promoting the natural assets of the region and, with the aid of her associates,...

Bill Proposes New Path for Updating Pa. Building Codes

September 20, 2016Power Source

Pennsylvania’s new update to its plan for addressing climate change endorses the seemingly inoffensive idea that the state should adopt current building energy codes — those guides that establish the minimum energy conservation standards that new and renovated homes, and...

Bill Would Raise Shale Well Site Bonds

August 30, 2016Power Source

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today ran an important article on the adequacy of bonding for oil and gas operations, prompted by recent legislation (HB2277) that would increase bonding requirements on operators. PEC is quoted at the end of the article, and we’d like...

Pennsylvania Studying Feasibility of Three Hydro Projects at State Parks

August 10, 2016HydroWorld.com

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council received a $20,000 grant from the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund to complete feasibility assessments for three potential hydro projects in state parks in western Pennsylvania. Two of the projects would integrate hydroelectric generation equipment...

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...

Shale Gas Drilling Rules Near Passage in Pa. Legislature

Shale Gas Drilling Rules Near Passage in Pa. Legislature

June 8, 2016Trib Total Media

Pennsylvania House Republicans and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf are working to end years of debate over an update of environmental rules for oil and gas drilling that two regulatory boards approved this spring. Lawmakers are poised to allow a batch...

EQT Gets Sustainable Shale Certification

April 18, 2016Trib Total Media

A collaborative effort between shale gas producers and nonprofits aimed at encouraging drilling policies that protect land, air and water has issued certifications to its fourth industry partner. Downtown-based EQT Corp. received the Center for Sustainable Shale Development’s approval after...