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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Pennsylvania Legacies #50: In Harm’s Way
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Pennsylvania Legacies #50: In Harm’s Way

August 18, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

At least one major federal government entity is still paying attention to the threat of climate change: the military. A retired naval officer explains why, in a talk given at PEC’s 2017 deep decarbonization conference. (Learn more at In...

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German expert says Pa. can move to cleaner energy

July 27, 2017The Citizens' Voice

WILKES-BARRE — German energy policy expert Timon Wehnert explained how his country has moved away from coal and fossil fuels toward renewable energy at a panel discussion Thursday night at Wilkes University. The quest for cleaner energy sources will not...

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Expert: Germany can guide Pa. on coal

July 26, 2017Wilkes-Barre Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE — In a region where coal was once king, a German researcher on Thursday shared his perspectives on how the European nation’s continuing transition from coal to renewable energy can apply to Pennsylvania and the United States. Timon Wehnart,...

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PEC Supports HB 1446

July 13, 2017

PEC has sent the following letter to Representative Quinn, the primary sponsor of HB 1446, expressing our support of this important legislation and suggesting a few areas of improvement. July 13, 2017 Honorable Marguerite Quinn Pennsylvania House of Representatives 141...

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...

PEC Letter to House ER&E Committee on Mining Bills

June 19, 2017

June 19, 2017 To: Members of the House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee From: Pennsylvania Environmental Council Re: Consideration of Senate Bill 624 (P.N. 697) and House Bill 1333 (P.N. 1652) Dear Representatives: The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) urges you...