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 #73: The Science of Leadership
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Pennsylvania Legacies #73: The Science of Leadership

May 18, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Technology is a powerful tool, but it’s not enough to confront the most complex environmental challenges — you also need foresight, strategy, cooperation, patience, and above all, leadership. Jared Cohon has exemplified all of these qualities and more during his...

PEC in the News

A constitutional weapon: environmental rights reimagined in Pennsylvania

April 26, 2018Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

There is no room for big ideas — existential ideas — at a water obstruction permit hearing. But they come anyway, discussions in search of a forum. “I’m here as a resident of Planet Earth,” Susan Hoppe, a Pittsburgh-based internist,...

Policy Posts

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.  ...

PEC Letter on EV Infrastructure Legislation

April 10, 2018

PEC has sent the following letter to House members regarding House Bill 1446 (P.N. 3161), the Clean Transportation Infrastructure Networks Act.   April 6, 2018   To: Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Re: Support for House Bill 1446...

PEC Applauds DEP Permitting Modernization Effort

PEC Applauds DEP Permitting Modernization Effort

January 26, 2018

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council commends Governor Wolf and the Department of Environmental Protection for their efforts to improve Department performance with respect to environmental protection and responsiveness to the regulated community. Today’s announcement that the Governor will seek to add...