Category: Energy & Climate

PEC Supports the Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Transition Act

September 4, 2019

Good morning. On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, I want to thank Senators Haywood and Santarsiero and Representatives Briggs and Webster for inviting us today to discuss the Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Transition Act. I’ll cut to the...

New Jersey to Price Carbon Emissions from Electricity Generation

June 26, 2019Planetizen

First-term Gov. Phil Murphy (D) “announced Monday that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has formally adopted two rules that will allow the state to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)”, reports HJ Mai for Utility Dive on June 18. The membership takes effect Jan. 1, 2020, when New...

PEC Opposes Senate Bill 763

June 24, 2019

PEC submitted the following letter to the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on Senate Bill 763. This bill would limit reporting on the environmental impacts of long wall mining on aquatic resources, public infrastructure, and private water supplies. The...

PEC Applauds Announcement of Carbon Limit Legislation

PEC Applauds Announcement of Carbon Limit Legislation

June 6, 2019

Today Senator Jay Costa circulated a cosponsor memo for legislation that will reduce carbon pollution from Pennsylvania’s power sector to help address climate change and ensure that Pennsylvania remains economically competitive in a zero-carbon energy future. The legislation requires at...

Pennsylvania Legacies #99

Pennsylvania Legacies #99

May 31, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Through research, activism, and thought leadership, colleges and universities have always been the vanguard of the sustainability movement. But, like any large enterprise, most are also voracious consumers of energy and resources. The University of Pittsburgh is one in a...

Pennsylvania and the nation need nuclear power | Opinion

April 29, 2019Lehigh Valley Live

By Tom Ridge Pennsylvania and the nation need diverse energy resources to ensure our national security and global competitiveness’ and to maintain our leadership role around the world. As a former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. secretary of homeland security, I...

Let’s Do This Right

Let’s Do This Right

April 19, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

As lawmakers wrestle with the future of nuclear energy in Pennsylvania, many issues remain unresolved. But within both parties there is increasingly widespread agreement on one principle: we can and should address greenhouse gas emissions in Pennsylvania, and that allowing...

PEC Letters on House Bill 11 and Senate Bill 510

April 15, 2019

PEC submitted the following letters to the Pennsylvania House and Senate as they debate the future of nuclear generation in Pennsylvania. We believe the state needs to take a comprehensive approach to this issue by pursuing a market-based approach to...

Tom Ridge: Nuclear power must be supported

April 3, 2019Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania and the nation need diverse energy resources to ensure our national security and global competitiveness and to maintain our leadership role around the world. As a former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. secretary of homeland security, I have come to...

PEC Letter on House Bill 828

March 24, 2019

PEC submitted the following comments on House Bill 828 (P.N. 929), which will be considered by the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on March 26, 2019.

Statement on Shell Support of Methane Rules

March 12, 2019

Royal Dutch Shell is an important producer in Pennsylvania and has set a strong standard for industry leadership. The Pennsylvania Environmental Council applauds Shell for opposing the rollback of the EPA methane rule and supporting stronger regulation for new and...

The State of Decarbonization in Pennsylvania

The State of Decarbonization in Pennsylvania

March 6, 2019By: Davitt Woodwell

As climate issues garner more and more urgent attention, how Pennsylvania will address our need to deeply decarbonize our electric and transportation sectors continues to be defined. Currently in the state: • The Department of Environmental Protection is considering an...