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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A Positive Step Forward for Much Needed Controls
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A Positive Step Forward for Much Needed Controls

Today PEC issued the following statement in response to the Department of Environmental Protection’s release of revised rulemaking for natural gas activity. March 9, 2015 A Positive Step Forward for Much Needed Controls: Pennsylvania Releases Revised Natural Gas Regulatory Proposal Pittsburgh,...

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PEC in the News

Davitt Woodwell Guest Column: Clean Power Plan’s trade-offs

August 25, 2015Scranton Times-Tribune

An Aug. 4 article in The Times-Tribune, “Pennsylvania officials respond to plan to lower emissions from power plants,” highlighted a number of the opportunities and challenges facing the state as the Department of Environmental Protection works to implement the requirements...

PEC in the News

EPA Unveils Tougher Emissions Rules for Shale Sites

August 21, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On one thing, the federal government, industry and environmental activists agree: Technologies already in use are driving down methane emissions from oil and gas operations. That’s why the Environmental Protection Agency wants new regulations to broaden their use. It’s also...

Policy Posts

Concerns with Senate Bill 805 (P.N. 922)

Concerns with Senate Bill 805 (P.N. 922)

July 13, 2015

To:  Members of the Pennsylvania Senate From:  John Walliser, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Re:  Concerns with Senate Bill 805 (P.N. 922) Dear Senators: On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), I am writing to express our concerns with Senate Bill...

PEC Thanks Governor Wolf for Vetoing Senate Bill 655

PEC Thanks Governor Wolf for Vetoing Senate Bill 655

July 2, 2015

Today PEC sent the following communication to Governor Wolf thanking him for vetoing Senate Bill 655, which passed the General Assembly on June 30th. PEC objects to the inclusion of a rider in the legislation that would have inhibited rulemaking...

PEC Presents Objections to Senate Bill 655 (P.N. 1137)

PEC Presents Objections to Senate Bill 655 (P.N. 1137)

June 30, 2015

On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, we are asking members of the Pennsylvania Senate to remove rulemaking prohibition language in Senate Bill 655 (P.N. 1137) relating to conventional oil and gas operations. This prohibition does not belong in the...