Energy & Climate

Foreign oil. Soaring costs. Global warming. Pennsylvania emits one percent of the world’s greenhouse gases – more than 105 developing nations combined. Clearly we need better energy efficiency, more renewable energy and improved technologies.

Recognizing both the risks and opportunities these critical issues present, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council created the Center of Excellence for Energy and Climate. The Center focuses on reducing the impacts of traditional energy sources while three focus areas are energy efficiency, alternative energy, and climate change.


Energy & Climate

Johnstown Thermal Energy Project

PEC established a project team to explore potential use of polluted mine water for a closed-loop geothermal system to produce heating and cooling for customers.

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Pennsylvania Must Still Act on Methane

January 14, 2015By: John Walliser

This morning (Jan. 14) the White House announced an ambitious and welcome goal of reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry 45 percent by 2025. Methane emissions are a considerable threat to climate change, posing over 80 times...

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PEC Commits to Green Workplace Challenge

January 13, 2015By: Lindsay Baxter

Increased heart beat. Butterflies in the stomach. Sweaty palms. It’s these types of effects that stem from the thrill of competition, and PEC is proud to announce it will be competing in one as 2015 gets underway! Alright, maybe it’s...

A Nuanced Decision on Oil, Gas Revenue From Shale Wells
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A Nuanced Decision on Oil, Gas Revenue From Shale Wells

January 13, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The words “Robinson Township” appeared 16 times in a Commonwealth Court opinion issued last week that upheld the state legislature’s right to use oil and gas revenue from drilling in state forests for general spending. In some quarters, that alone...

Policy Posts

Pennsylvania Environmental Council: Policy Priorities for 2015

January 23, 2015

Tom Wolf has been sworn in as Pennsylvania’s 47th Governor and the focus in Harrisburg can now move past campaigns and ceremony to the difficult task at hand: governing a state with a projected $2.3 billion deficit. Tough questions and...

PEC Statement on Act 175 of 2014

October 23, 2014

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Yesterday Governor Corbett signed House Bill 2354 – the Pennsylvania Greenhouse Gas Regulation Implementation Act – into law as Act 175 of 2014. Act 175 grants either chamber of the General Assembly unparalleled authority to veto any...