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 focuses on reducing the impacts of traditional energy sources with its three focus areas of energy efficiency, alternative energy, and climate change.


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Introducing 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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Downtown conference envisions deep carbon cuts

March 14, 2017Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania is the nation’s second-largest producer of electricity, with a generation mix heavy in fossil fuels and nuclear power. On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council will convene a two-day conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown, on what...

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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:...

Opposition to Senate Bill 175

January 30, 2017

PEC sent the following letter on Senate Bill 175 to members of the Pennsylvania Senate today: Dear Senators: On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), I am writing to convey our opposition to Senate Bill 175. This legislation prevents...

PEC Opposes Attempt to Reverse Rulemaking Protections

PEC Opposes Attempt to Reverse Rulemaking Protections

September 22, 2016

UPDATE: Upon further review of the proposed amendment, the amendment language would also prohibit the Department of Environmental Protection’s ability to require additional permitting requirements for well sites located in close proximity to schools or playgrounds. September 22, 2016 To:...