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PEC Testimony: Covid-19 and Outdoor Recreation

September 15, 2020

PEC was pleased to participate in a Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing today on the growth of outdoor recreation during the Covid-19 pandemic. Frank Maguire, Director of Trails and Recreation, highlighted both PEC’s report on the surge in trail usage...

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...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #130
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Pennsylvania Legacies #130

September 11, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

A reckoning over RGGI, outdoor recreation and COVID, bipartisan love for community solar, and clearing a path for E-bikes: Legal & Government Affairs VP John Walliser reviews the PEC policy agenda heading into what promises to be an eventful fall...

Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage in Pennsylvania: A Story Map
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Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage in Pennsylvania: A Story Map

August 21, 2020By: Lily Jones

Energy production is essential to Pennsylvania’s economy. However, Pennsylvania also emits a significant amount of greenhouse gases annually, and the vast majority of these emissions are related to energy production or consumption. In 2017, production and consumption of energy accounted...

Pennsylvania Legacies #127
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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...

Pennsylvania Legacies #125
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Pennsylvania Legacies #125

June 26, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

“Every day is like a weekend day now,” read one response to PEC’s recent survey of Pennsylvania trail managers about outdoor recreation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dozens of respondents reported — and counter data confirmed — that statewide trail use...


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