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Key Climate Regulation Closer to Finalization

Key Climate Regulation Closer to Finalization

September 1, 2021

Today the state’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission concurred with the Environmental Quality Board, as well as the Department of Environmental Protection’s (“DEP”) Citizens Advisory Council, Small Business Compliance Advisory Committee, Environmental Justice Advisory Board, and Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee,...

PEC Commends Legislation that Invests in PA’s Energy Present and Future

June 14, 2021

Today Senator Carolyn Comitta and Representative Dianne Herrin, accompanied by Governor Wolf, announced companion legislation (Senate Bill 15 and House Bill 1565) that directs proceeds from Pennsylvania’s pending participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to a suite of initiatives...

PEC Letter on House Bill 637

June 9, 2021

PEC joined the Environmental Defense Fund in opposing legislation aimed at blocking Pennsylvania from joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. House Bill 637 would actually prevent the Department of Environmental Protection from advancing any proposed policy to control carbon dioxide...

PEC Letter on Senate Bill 119

April 27, 2021

PEC and the Environmental Defense Fund submitted the following letter to the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today in opposition to Senate Bill 119. As with legislation last session, this bill would hamper the state’s ability to link with...

PEC and EDF Comments on CO2 Budget Trading Program

January 20, 2021

PEC submitted the following comments in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in support of the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) proposed rulemaking to have Pennsylvania link to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  

Why PEC Opposes House Bill 2025

Why PEC Opposes House Bill 2025

July 6, 2020

This week the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is poised to vote on House Bill 2025 (P.N. 2926), which mandates that any proposed rulemaking by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to address carbon dioxide emissions be affirmatively approved by the...

PEC Opposes HB 2025

June 8, 2020

PEC sent the following communication today to the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on House Bill 2025, which will be considered by the Committee on June 9, 2020.

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...

PEC Testimony on RGGI

PEC Testimony on RGGI

October 28, 2019

John Walliser, PEC Senior VP for Legal & Government Affairs, gave the following testimony at a state House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee hearing on October 28, 2019. To download the testimony as a PDF, click here. Introduction Good morning...

Taking Pennsylvania into the Climate Century

Taking Pennsylvania into the Climate Century

October 3, 2019

Governor Wolf’s proposal to bring Pennsylvania into the Regional Greenhouse Initiative (RGGI), announced today, is the first concrete and meaningful step that the Commonwealth has taken to directly address its role in exacerbating climate change. For that, the Governor is...

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...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #153
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Pennsylvania Legacies #153

October 4, 2021By: Lily Jones

Pennsylvania Environmental Council · Policy Check-In One month ago, the state Regulatory Review Commission signed off on a rulemaking that would make Pennsylvania the newest member of RGGI, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – the state’s best opportunity to substantially...

Pennsylvania Legacies #147
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Pennsylvania Legacies #147

July 12, 2021By: Lily Jones

Billions of dollars’ worth of solar panels and other components are flowing into the U.S. from China, feeding a market increasingly hungry for renewable energy. Most are made with materials linked to alleged forced-labor practices in the Xinjiang region. As...

Pennsylvania Legacies #145
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Pennsylvania Legacies #145

May 28, 2021By: Lily Jones

In the perennial swing state of Pennsylvania, elections are often decided by voters who don’t identify with either political party – and recent polling shows Independents have swung hard on the issue of climate. With 3 out of 4 Pennsylvanians...

Pennsylvania Legacies #138
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Pennsylvania Legacies #138

February 12, 2021By: Josh Raulerson

Pittsburgh’s rivers made the city an industrial titan at a time when environmental damage was accepted as the price of progress. Now they’re being put back to work generating low cost, carbon-free electricity — without creating new environmental or land...

Public Comment Overwhelmingly Supports RGGI Proposal
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Public Comment Overwhelmingly Supports RGGI Proposal

December 23, 2020By: Lily Jones

In September, the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) voted to advance to public comment a proposed rulemaking for Pennsylvania to link to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a market-based collaboration between Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states committed to reducing greenhouse gas...