Policy Posts

PEC Applauds Pittsburgh’s Climate Vision, Presses for Action

November 30, 2017

The following remarks were presented to Pittsburgh City Council at a public hearing held November 29, 2017. To read PEC’s full commentary on the City’s Climate Action Plan, click here. Good evening. My name is Lindsay Baxter and I am...

PEC Supports SB234

October 16, 2017

PEC has submitted the following letter is support of SB234.

PEC Supports HB1782

October 11, 2017

PEC has submitted the following letter in support of HB1782.

PEC Supports HB1722

October 11, 2017

PEC has submitted the following letter of support for HB1722.

Comments on City of Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan

October 6, 2017

PEC has sent the following communication to the City of Pittsburgh offering comment on the draft Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, v 3.0.   Ms. Sarah Yeager Resilience Analyst City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning 200 Ross Street Pittsburgh, PA 15219...

PEC Supports HB 1446

July 13, 2017

PEC has sent the following letter to Representative Quinn, the primary sponsor of HB 1446, expressing our support of this important legislation and suggesting a few areas of improvement. July 13, 2017 Honorable Marguerite Quinn Pennsylvania House of Representatives 141...

PEC Letter on Administrative Code Legislation

July 12, 2017

PEC sent the following communication in to the General Assembly: July 11, 2017 To: Members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly Re: Environmental Riders to Administrative Code Legislation (Senate Bill 446) The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) urges you to oppose three...

PEC Comments on HB1563, HB1564, HB165, HB1566

June 29, 2017

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council sent the following communication to Representative Reese, the primary sponsor of House Bills 1563-1566. June 26, 2017 Dear Representative Reese, On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, we are writing to share our thoughts regarding HB...

Pennsylvania’s Energy Future

Pennsylvania’s Energy Future

April 28, 2017

We at PEC recently had the honor of hosting a conference on Deep Decarbonization of the electricity grid in March of this year. Our main, selfish, goal was to learn more about the science, technology, and policy at play in...

PEC Supports Senate Bill 234

February 6, 2017

PEC has sent the following communication to the Pennsylvania Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee in support of Senate Bill 234. To: Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee From: Lindsay Baxter, Program Manager – Energy and Climate Re:...

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PEC in the News

Can we fight climate change without scaling up nuclear power?

January 24, 2018Pittsburgh City Paper

One long-running disagreement about the environment isn’t the familiar fight between people who understand that human-caused climate change is real and people who deny it. Rather, it’s between folks who contend that keeping the planet livable requires us to use...

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A look at Pittsburgh’s latest Climate Action Plan

December 20, 2017Pittsburgh City Paper

Pittsburgh’s proposed new Climate Action Plan is certainly ambitious. Most broadly, it sets the goal of reducing the city’s greenhouse-gas emissions by 20 percent (from a 2003 baseline) by 2023; by 50 percent by 2030; and by 80 percent by...

Why Carbon Capture?
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Why Carbon Capture?

December 18, 2017By: Lindsay Baxter

On December 12th, PEC convened a meeting of 20 on the topic of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. (To learn more about what CCUS is, see our earlier blog post.) Attendance was...

Pennsylvania Legacies #62: On Target
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Pennsylvania Legacies #62: On Target

December 1, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Pittsburgh’s Climate Action Plan is taking shape. But how will the city achieve its vision of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by mid-century? PEC’s Lindsay Baxter, who authored the original version of the plan in 2008, joins us. Also:...

Getting to Zero: ZECs and the Future of Nuclear Energy
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Getting to Zero: ZECs and the Future of Nuclear Energy

November 13, 2017By: Rachel Valletta

This post originally appeared in the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy blog on August 31, 2017. 2016 brought the potential for a financial boon in the form of zero emissions credits (ZEC) to a fraction of the nation’s struggling nuclear...