Energy & Climate

Energy. It’s more than just Pennsylvania’s legacy. As the 3rd largest energy producer in the U.S., energy remains important to our state’s economy and way of life. But as the 3rd largest emitter of CO2 in the nation, and with abandoned mine lands and damaged streams, we recognize the challenges associated with energy production.

PEC’s Energy and Climate work focuses on achieving deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, advancing a clean energy economy in the state, and reducing the impacts of historic and present energy extraction.

 

Energy & Climate

Deep Decarbonization

Emerging thinking is focusing on the idea of deep decarbonization - a pathway to the end goal of eliminating carbon emissions altogether.

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Pennsylvania Legacies #55: Solar Panel
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Pennsylvania Legacies #55: Solar Panel

The latest on Pennsylvania’s ongoing state budget battle, and a roundtable discussion with members of DEP’s Solar Future Stakeholders Group.   Links: Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future Pennsylvania Legacies #53: How to Create a Clean Energy Economy

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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
PEC Blog

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...

PEC in the News

New life for the dammed? Philly issues call for hydro-energy projects

November 2, 2017Philadelphia Inquirer

[…] While small-scale hydro projects often generate public excitement, many never get off the ground because they can’t make money, especially in a low-energy price environment. Such was the case with an innovative pilot project the Water Department explored five years...

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.