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.

 

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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 #55: Solar Panel
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Pennsylvania Legacies #55: Solar Panel

September 22, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

The latest on Pennsylvania’s ongoing state budget battle, and a roundtable discussion with members of DEP’s Solar Future Stakeholders Group.   Links: http://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Energy/OfficeofPollutionPrevention/SolarFuture/Pages/Finding-Pennsylvania’s-Solar-Future.aspx http://pecpadev.actualsize.me/pec-blog/building-clean-energy-economy-pa/

Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage: An Opportunity for Pennsylvania?
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Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage: An Opportunity for Pennsylvania?

September 15, 2017By: Rachel Valletta

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies capture gaseous CO2 from point source emissions – power plants and industrial facilities – and either inject them underground for long-term storage within deep rock formations, or repurpose them for other productive uses, called...

Pennsylvania Legacies #52: Taking Charge
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Pennsylvania Legacies #52: Taking Charge

September 1, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

A legislative raid on special environment & conservation funds may leave communities on the hook for money already spent on local grant-funded projects; Shell agrees to fenceline monitoring at its new ethane cracker; and Hurricane Harvey delivers a stark warning...

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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...