Pennsylvania


Pennsylvania Can Continue its Leadership Role on the Clean Power Plan

, senior energy analyst

Last week the Supreme Court put a hold on the Clean Power Plan. Importantly, the legal stay does not prevent states from moving ahead with formulating compliance plans as the legal merits of the plan are argued. And the Wolf Administration is demonstrating leadership by pressing forward with plans to comply with the Clean Power Plan and continuing its robust engagement process with stakeholders. A new UCS analysis released today shows that well designed power sector policies—including a carbon trading program with auctioned allowances—would generate $804 million on average per year that could be invested in Pennsylvania’s economy to benefit all citizens. Read more >

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Pennsylvania Governor Proposes Big Investments in Renewable Energy and Efficiency

, senior energy analyst

Today, in his first budget address as Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf proposed $325 million in investments in the state’s energy sector, including significant investments in wind, solar, and energy efficiency. This proposal is part of an overall economic development plan aimed at investing in education and creating high-paying jobs across the Commonwealth. What does it mean? Read more >

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An Energy State in Transition: Pennsylvania Can Be a Renewable Energy Leader

, senior energy analyst

In many ways, the Keystone State is the epicenter of the energy transition underway in this country. Historically an important coal producer, Pennsylvania remains the fifth largest coal-producing state, accounting for 5 percent of the nation’s total coal production in 2013. And the state is on the front lines of the booming Marcellus shale gas production. But how far along is the state in transitioning to cleaner energy, and how much farther could it go in developing renewables? Read more >

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Coal, Carbon, and Compliance: Why Pennsylvania’s EPA Regulations Bill Isn’t the End of the Ballgame

, , senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Pennsylvania’s legislature finished off its fall session with a bill on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. At a time when climate leadership, not obstructionism, is called for, it’s no step forward. But it’s not the step backward that it might have been. Here’s why. Read more >

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Pennsylvania and the Clean Power Plan

, , senior energy analyst

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed the first-ever limits on carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, designed to begin to address the consequences of climate change. The agency has proposed a flexible framework that allows states to decide for themselves how to meet the emissions reductions targets. For many states, the required emissions reductions are actually quite modest, and at UCS we see an opportunity for states to be more ambitious in developing renewable energy in particular. Here I explore what the carbon standard means for Pennsylvania. Read more >

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