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 #123
PEC Blog

Pennsylvania Legacies #123

May 22, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

These days, environmental issues are politically charged in a way that can make sound, commonsense policy seem unattainable. But it wasn’t always like that — and it doesn’t have to be. Tom Ridge, the Republican former governor of Pennsylvania, says...

Pennsylvania Legacies #118
PEC Blog

Pennsylvania Legacies #118

March 24, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

As investors grow wary of fossil fuels and big companies prioritize sustainability, where will Pennsylvania fit in the post-carbon economy? Analysis from Steven Clarke and Alli Gold-Roberts of Ceres, a nonprofit that advocates for clean energy in the business community....

Pennsylvania Legacies #117
PEC Blog

Pennsylvania Legacies #117

March 6, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

Community supported agriculture gives subscribers access to fresh, locally grown produce without the trouble and expense of growing it themselves. Community solar does the same thing for renewable energy — creating economic opportunity for communities, savings for ratepayers, resiliency and...

Policy Posts

PEC Supports House Bill 531

March 11, 2020

Today PEC sent the following communication to members of the House Consumer Affairs Committee in support of House Bill 531: March 11, 2020 To: Members of the House Consumer Affairs Committee Re: Support for House Bill 531 (P.N. 573) Dear...

Update on Senate Bill 790 – PEC Remains Opposed

January 17, 2020

Senate Bill 790, which PEC has opposed in the current legislative session, was amended in the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee this week to remove one problematic provision relating to road spreading of produced brine water. However, the remainder...

Taking Concrete Action on Methane Emissions

Taking Concrete Action on Methane Emissions

December 17, 2019

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today presented a draft rule to cut emissions of methane to the state’s Environmental Quality Board (EQB), kickstarting a rulemaking process that seeks to address climate impacts from the natural gas industry. The...