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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Inside News and Policy

Worse Than We Knew
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Worse Than We Knew

Here’s what we already knew about methane: It’s the primary component of natural gas. It’s much more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. And a non-zero amount of it is escaping into the atmosphere as a result of...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #79: Trash Talk
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Pennsylvania Legacies #79: Trash Talk

August 10, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Pennsylvania’s first-in-the-nation recycling law is 30 years old this summer. Act 101 helped launch a multibillion-dollar industry and trained a generation of Pennsylvanians to drop their bottles and cans in the blue bin. But changing market conditions and consumer behaviors...

Mapping Pennsylvania’s EV Future
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Mapping Pennsylvania’s EV Future

July 26, 2018By: Carlos Garcia

The United States is undergoing a momentous shift in the way we produce and distribute energy: away from abundant fossil fuel resources, such as coal and gas, toward cleaner and renewable energy sources. It’s a necessary – arguably inevitable –...

Policy Posts

Testimony: Bicameral Nuclear Energy Caucus Informational Hearing

June 19, 2018

Good morning, and thank you to Senators Aument and Yudichak, Representatives Corbin and Matzie, and the other members of the Nuclear Energy Caucus for allowing me the opportunity to offer comments this morning. My name is Davitt Woodwell and I...

Revised GP-5 and GP5-A Permits Finalized

Revised GP-5 and GP5-A Permits Finalized

June 7, 2018

Pennsylvania has taken an important and long-awaited step toward substantially reducing methane emissions from oil and gas operations. With new monitoring and emissions requirements now in place for new and modified facilities and operations, we turn our full attention toward...

PEC-EDF Letter Opposing Rollback of Act 13 Standards

PEC-EDF Letter Opposing Rollback of Act 13 Standards

April 11, 2018

PEC and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have sent the following joint statement to Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee members in opposition to Senate Bill 1088, concerning environmental protection and performance standards for the conventional oil and gas industry.  ...