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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Inside News and Policy

Worse Than We Knew
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Worse Than We Knew

Here’s what we already knew about methane: It’s the primary component of natural gas. It’s much more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. And a significant amount of it is escaping into the atmosphere as a result of...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #127
PEC Blog

Pennsylvania Legacies #127

July 31, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

Fixing leaks in the natural gas supply chain is critical to reducing Pennsylvania’s greenhouse gas emissions, and proposed new requirements for gas facilities would hold operators accountable for detecting and repairing them. With estimated emissions from gas operations exceeding a...

Offsetting Our Carbon Footprint
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Offsetting Our Carbon Footprint

July 28, 2020By: Holly Bedford

As official sustainability partner for the GAP Relay in 2019 and 2020, PEC purchased carbon offsets and water restoration credits equivalent to the total environmental impact of the event. That experience led us to examine PEC’s own carbon footprint. We...

Pennsylvania Legacies #126
PEC Blog

Pennsylvania Legacies #126

July 17, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

The GAP Relay — a 150-mile race along the Great Allegheny Passage — is back for its third year, despite a global crisis that forced organizers to completely rethink the event. One thing hasn’t changed: the sustainability partnership between PEC...

Policy Posts

Report: Renewable Energy in Southwestern Pennsylvania

July 30, 2020

In 2017, PEC convened a dialogue on opportunities and challenges inherent in decarbonization of our state’s electric generation sector. That event spurred a number of issue-focused examinations of different policies and technologies including carbon pricing, grid modernization, carbon capture, and...

PEC and EDF Comment on Proposed Methane Rulemaking

July 30, 2020

  In partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), PEC submitted the attached comments to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on their proposed rulemaking to control emissions of VOCs and Methane from existing natural gas operations and equipment. Reducing...

PEC Praises Introduction of Energy Transition Act

PEC Praises Introduction of Energy Transition Act

July 30, 2020

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council today praised the introduction of bipartisan legislation – Senate Bill 15, sponsored by Senator Jay Costa (Allegheny County) – that would both direct the state to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide in the electric generation sector...