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...

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 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...

Testimony: PEC Climate Policy Recommendations

May 1, 2019

Testimony of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council John Walliser, Senior Vice President, Legal & Government Affairs   Chairman Tomlinson, Chairman Boscola, Chairman Yaw, Chairman Yudichak, and members of both Committees: I want to thank you for inviting us to comment on...

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...

Testimony: Bicameral Nuclear Energy Caucus Informational Hearing

June 19, 2018

Good morning, and thank you to Senators Aument and Yudichak, Representatives Corbin and Matzie, and the other members of the Nuclear Energy Caucus for allowing me the opportunity to offer comments this morning. My name is Davitt Woodwell and I...

PEC Applauds Pittsburgh’s Climate Vision, Presses for Action

November 30, 2017

The following remarks were presented to Pittsburgh City Council at a public hearing held November 29, 2017. To read PEC’s full commentary on the City’s Climate Action Plan, click here. Good evening. My name is Lindsay Baxter and I am...

PEC Supports SB234

October 16, 2017

PEC has submitted the following letter is support of SB234.

PEC Supports HB1722

October 11, 2017

PEC has submitted the following letter of support for HB1722.

Comments on City of Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan

October 6, 2017

PEC has sent the following communication to the City of Pittsburgh offering comment on the draft Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, v 3.0.   Ms. Sarah Yeager Resilience Analyst City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning 200 Ross Street Pittsburgh, PA 15219...

PEC Comments on HB1563, HB1564, HB165, HB1566

June 29, 2017

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council sent the following communication to Representative Reese, the primary sponsor of House Bills 1563-1566. June 26, 2017 Dear Representative Reese, On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, we are writing to share our thoughts regarding HB...

Pennsylvania’s Energy Future

Pennsylvania’s Energy Future

April 28, 2017

We at PEC recently had the honor of hosting a conference on Deep Decarbonization of the electricity grid in March of this year. Our main, selfish, goal was to learn more about the science, technology, and policy at play in...

What’s New

Pennsylvania Legacies #122
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Pennsylvania Legacies #122

May 8, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

Any way you slice it, coal-fired power generation is on its way out. That leaves two likely scenarios for Pennsylvania’s electricity sector in the next decade: a modest reduction in greenhouse gas emissions with little economic impact, or a dramatic...

Pennsylvania Legacies #118
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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....

Let’s Do This Right
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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...

The State of Decarbonization in Pennsylvania
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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...