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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Inside News and Policy

The Clean Energy Transition Won’t Wait
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The Clean Energy Transition Won’t Wait

Last week PEC joined the Environmental Defense Fund in submitting comments to the Environmental Quality Board in support of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) proposal to set a declining limit on carbon pollution emitted by in-state fossil fuel...

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Mapping Pennsylvania’s Orphan Wells
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Mapping Pennsylvania’s Orphan Wells

November 18, 2021By: Lily Jones

The first commercial oil well in the U.S. was drilled in western Pennsylvania in 1859. Since then, thousands of oil and gas wells have been drilled across the state. About 96,000 wells were active and producing as of last year,...

Pennsylvania Legacies #156
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Pennsylvania Legacies #156

November 15, 2021By: Lily Jones

With the energy market changing, power-generation companies must reassess their business models. Rather than cut their losses and move on, Talen Energy of Allentown, PA, is looking at ways to keep facilities open by exploring other options for their plants,...

When Action Means Inaction
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When Action Means Inaction

November 5, 2021By: John Walliser

If you follow PEC, you know that we have been focused on decarbonizing Pennsylvania’s energy production in general and laser focused on getting the state to join RGGI – the Regional Greenhouse Gas initiative. Pennsylvania needs a multi-faceted, all-of-the-above approach...

Policy Posts

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,...

Congress Restores Federal Methane Standards

Congress Restores Federal Methane Standards

June 28, 2021

On June 25th the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution (H.J.Res.34) pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (‘CRA’) to restore EPA rules limiting oil and gas methane pollution from new wells, processing plants, and other facilities across the...

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...