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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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 non-zero amount of it is escaping into the atmosphere as a result of...

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PEC in the News

Pennsylvania and the nation need nuclear power | Opinion

April 29, 2019Lehigh Valley Live

By Tom Ridge Pennsylvania and the nation need diverse energy resources to ensure our national security and global competitiveness’ and to maintain our leadership role around the world. As a former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. secretary of homeland security, I...

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...

PEC in the News

Tom Ridge: Nuclear power must be supported

April 3, 2019Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania and the nation need diverse energy resources to ensure our national security and global competitiveness and to maintain our leadership role around the world. As a former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. secretary of homeland security, I have come to...

Policy Posts

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...

PEC Letter on House Bill 828

March 24, 2019

PEC submitted the following comments on House Bill 828 (P.N. 929), which will be considered by the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on March 26, 2019.

Statement on Shell Support of Methane Rules

March 12, 2019

Royal Dutch Shell is an important producer in Pennsylvania and has set a strong standard for industry leadership. The Pennsylvania Environmental Council applauds Shell for opposing the rollback of the EPA methane rule and supporting stronger regulation for new and...