PENNSYLVANIA

PENNSYLVANIA

With 12.8 million residentsPennsylvania is the fifth most populated state in America, behind only California, Texas, Florida, and New York. It’s also relatively large in land area, especially for the Northeastern United States, at 46,055 square miles with forests covering 58% of its land. The commonwealth also has many lakes, rivers, and wetlands.

In the wake of climate change, Pennsylvania is facing more flooding, heat and respiratory deaths, as well as disruptions to its agricultural systems. Like other northeastern states, Pennsylvania will see far more rainfall and extreme weather than experienced in the past. Already, between 1958 and 2010, the Northeast saw more than a 70% increase in precipitation during powerful weather events with the expectation that rainfall will increase another 8% by 2050. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has already experienced record-breaking impacts from floods and landslides costing the state over $105 million extra in 2018 alone.

Pennsylvania is one of seven states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast to have record sweltering heat in July, 2020. Records date back to 1895. Temperatures in Pennsylvania have increased by 1.8°F in the last century, and are expected to rise another 5.4˚F by 2050.  Mid-century temperatures in Philadelphia are expected to be similar to the historical temperatures of Richmond, Virginia while Pittsburgh will resemble the Washington-Baltimore metro areas.  As temperatures rise in Pennsylvania, heat deaths rise too. The heat also leads to increased air pollution as it slows the flow of air and aids a reaction that creates ground-level ozone, a powerful pollutant. Pennsylvania has the most premature deaths per capita caused by air pollution of any state (4,800 in 2018).

Pennsylvania’s increasingly frequent hot days and extreme weather events are taking their toll on agriculture, one of the state’s most important industries. As just one example, a 2018 Penn State study found that corn production in Southeastern PA could be especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This is having reverberating effects on Pennsylvania’s dairy industry, where corn is a major food for cows. Climate change’s effect on rainfall is also causing farmers to resort to irrigation, which has never been necessary in Pennsylvania. Farmers also endure the  extra expense of adding more cover crops in order to protect their soil against erosion.

Pennsylvania is the country’s second-largest net supplier of energy to other states, after Wyoming, and the third-highest electricity-generating state in the nation, behind only Texas and Florida. Located in the coal-rich Appalachian Mountain region, northeastern Pennsylvania has virtually all of the nation’s reserves of anthracite coal. In natural gas, it is second only to Texas in estimated reserves. In nuclear power generating capacity, Pennsylvania ranks second after Illinois. Because Pennsylvania is such an important energy generator, climate reform in the state would strongly impact the whole country.

In 2018 nuclear power was the largest supplier of electricity in the state, followed by natural gas-fired generation; then coal-fired power plants, and renewable energy made up only 5% of the commonwealth’s energy consumption. Wind is the largest source of renewable energy in Pennsylvania, followed by hydropower, biomass, and then solar. Find more information about Pennsylvania’s energy sources and usage here.

In 2008, the state passed the Pennsylvania Climate Change Act requiring the development of an inventory of GHG emissions to be updated annually and administered by a Climate Change Advisory Committee, which was to set up a voluntary registry of GHG emissions, prepare a Climate Change Impacts Assessment, provide an update once every three years, and prepare a Climate Change Action Plan.

By 2019, Pennsylvania’s governor signed Executive Order 2019-1, which states that Pennsylvania “shall strive” to cut greenhouse gas emissions 26% (from 2005 levels) by 2025, and 80% by 2050. It also established performance goals for Pennsylvania executive agencies concerning energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and renewable energy purchases. Finally, the Order also established a “GreenGov Council” to help agencies meet these goals.

In September, 2021, Governor Wolf announced the Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2021 (as contemplated in 2008!) outlining a pathway to reaching Pennsylvania’s greenhouse gas reduction goals: 26 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050 from 2005 levels.

Under Wolf’s governorship, Pennsylvania announced in 2020 that it would join seven other states (Kansas, Maryland, Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Wyoming) in committing to develop a safe carbon dioxide transport and storage infrastructure plan. By October, 2021, those states released their Regional CO2 Transport, Infrastructure action Plan, which included policies for states to consider to facilitate CO2 Transport and Storage project deployment.

Pennsylvania is one of twenty-four states and Puerto Rico committed to the U.S. Climate Alliance, which is working to implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement.

CURRENT NEWS

NASA Awards Advance 3D Printing, Quantum Tech for Climate Research

03/16/23
New technology is a key to helping NASA advance its long-term exploration goals for the benefit of all. To support its effort, the agency announced Thursday it will create two new institutes to develop technology…
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Feds Approve $950M Pa.-NJ Gas Line Expansion, Despite State Caution

By Debra K . Rubin 03/14/23
Opponents of a $950-million natural gas pipeline system expansion in Pennsylvania and New Jersey will ask the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reconsider its Jan. 11 approval of the project, noting one state's earlier argument…
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The plastic train wreck should be a wake-up call

02/17/23
Thanks to a mountain of deadlines a mile high, I haven't yet been able to focus as much attention on the East Palestine train derailment as I'd like, but two things were very clear to…
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The Coming Chemical Boom

02/16/23
Shale gas fueled a boom in the drilling industry and has provided cheaper fuel, displacing dirtier coal to generate electricity. It’s also feeding a spinoff industry in chemicals. Shell is building a multi-billion-dollar petrochemical plant…
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Orphan Well Cleanup in Pennsylvania Underscores Enormity of Task

By Bobby Magill 02/10/23
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visited the Pittsburgh area Thursday to announce the plugging of the first 10 abandoned oil and gas wells in the area paid for with funds from the 2021 infrastructure law.
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Pennsylvania Advocates Issue Intent to Sue Shell’s New Petrochemical Plant Outside Pittsburgh for Emissions Violations – Inside Climate News

By Jon Hurdle 02/03/23
Two environmental groups said on Thursday they intend to sue Shell Chemical Appalachia, operator of a big new petrochemical plant near Pittsburgh, for its violation of federal and state air-quality standards. The Environmental Integrity Group…
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In Pennsylvania, a New Administration Fuels Hopes for Tougher Rules on Energy, Environment – Inside Climate News

By Jon Hurdle 02/01/23
On Christmas Day 2022, part of a natural gas processing plant in Washington County, Pennsylvania caught fire, igniting a vapor cloud and prompting a response by the local fire department, a shutdown by the owner…
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How Pittsburgh found a secret climate weapon in ‘the thrilling world of municipal budgeting’

By Claire Elise Thompson 01/27/23
Governments the world over have made a lot of great-sounding climate commitments. In Pittsburgh, for example, an ambitious plan adopted in 2018 outlines objectives like 100 percent renewable energy in municipal facilities by 2030, a…
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Five takeaways from the Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0 FY22 Annual Report

01/20/23
The University-wide report outlines progress during the last year toward sustainability goals made in academics, waste minimization, utilities and operations, purchasing, transportation, and outreach and engagement.
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In Pennsylvania, Hopes Rise But Questions Remain About New Governor’s Environmental Agenda

By Audrey Carleton 01/20/23
Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro campaigned on an environmental platform propped up by green jobs, innovation on the road to decarbonization, promises to plug the state’s hundreds of thousands of abandoned oil and gas wells and…
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PA Among Nation’s Worst In Water Efficiency, Conservation: New Study

By Justin Heinze 01/19/23
A grim new study once again paints a dark picture of Pennsylvania's conservation, water use, and environmental future.
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‘Methane Menace’ Produces Massive Emissions in Pennsylvania Leak

12/15/22
A 13-day leak from a 4.1-centimetre vent on a fossil gas storage well in rural Pennsylvania dumped more than 28.3 million cubic metres of methane into the atmosphere last month, enough to erase the emission…
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PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

Promoting energy, protecting environment not mutually exclusive

02/10/23
In a press release, sent out after a recent meeting with Gov. Josh Shapiro’s nominees to oversee the state’s Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, State Sen. Gene Yaw said…

Tracking Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro’s biggest campaign promises

02/10/23
Gov. Josh Shapiro made a lot of promises on the campaign trail. Now, he faces the new challenge of keeping them.

The rocky road to recycled: Where do bottles, cans and cardboard really go?

02/08/23
On a typical trash collection day, neighborhoods are lined with blue or green recycling bins filled with plastic water bottles and milk jugs, beer bottles and aluminum cans. There are also takeout containers, styrofoam packing…

RE Royalties Acquires New Royalty on 27MW Solar Project in Pennsylvania

02/06/23
The Company has entered into a secured loan agreement (the "Loan") with Teichos whereby the Company will provide a USD $1.8 million letter of credit ("LC") on behalf of Teichos to meet their security requirement…

In Pennsylvania, a New Administration Fuels Hopes for Tougher Rules on Energy, Environment – Inside Climate News

By Jon Hurdle 02/01/23
On Christmas Day 2022, part of a natural gas processing plant in Washington County, Pennsylvania caught fire, igniting a vapor cloud and prompting a response by the local fire department, a shutdown by the owner…

In Pennsylvania, heat pumps could be a climate change solution

01/24/23
Jason Nadzam stood recently in a cavernous workshop at Community College of Allegheny County’s West Hills complex near the Pittsburgh International Airport. A group of 12 students gathered around him for a morning of training…

Pennsylvania’s energy debate enters cautiously optimistic era

01/18/23
Though warm feelings of bipartisanship quickly fell apart in the state House earlier this month, hope remains for a working relationship between Senate Republicans and Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro.

Pa. County Agencies Unite for 15-MW Solar Buy

01/17/23
A group of 15 local government agencies in Pennsylvania are pooling their purchasing power to procure more than 15 MW of solar energy.
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With strong climate policies, Governor Shapiro can help Pennsylvania win the future

01/13/23
As Pennsylvania turns a new page into 2023 with new leaders at the helm, Gov. Josh Shapiro and the legislature have an immense opportunity and responsibility to usher Pennsylvania into its future — winning the…

Sheetz enters renewable supply deal with Constellation

02/18/22
Popular mid-Atlantic restaurant and convenience store chain, Sheetz, has come to a long-term renewable energy supply agreement with Constellation, enough to power nearly 70% of the chain’s Pennsylvania facilities with renewable energy.

Solar indulgences for fossil sins in Pennsylvania

02/01/22
Legislation has been submitted in Pennsylvania that would force the State to sell the renewable energy certificates it purchased from solar projects to third parties, and use the cash to pay for the capping of…

Gov. Wolf vetoes resolution he says will delay climate action in Pa.

01/10/22
Governor Tom Wolf vetoed a Pennsylvania Senate resolution today that he says will delay critical climate action in the commonwealth. According to a press release from the governor's office, Senate Concurrent Regulatory Review Resolution 1…

Giant Co. to Power Pennsylvania Ops With Renewable Energy

11/04/21
The Giant Co. has entered into a long-term renewable energy supply agreement with competitive energy and energy solutions provider Constellation to power the grocer’s Pennsylvania operations, including select stores, fuel stations and a perishable distribution…

Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan

11/02/21
Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2021 outlines a pathway to reaching Pennsylvania’s greenhouse gas reduction goals: 26 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050 from 2005 levels. Read the complete plan or a booklet overview.

Wolf calls for action on climate change

09/24/21
Gov. Tom Wolf called on all sectors of Pennsylvania life to join him in acting on climate change. “As thousands of Pennsylvanians try to recover from historic flooding and tornadoes related to the remnants of…

Nuclear Is the Bastion of Pennsylvania’s Newest Climate Action Plan

By Sonal Patel 09/23/21
Pennsylvania, a major power producer that relied on fossil fuels for 66% of its net power generation in June, plans to maintain its nuclear generation at current levels until it can ramp up other carbon-free…

Gov. Wolf Announces ‘Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2021,’ Calls for Statewide Action Now on Climate Change

09/22/21
Governor Tom Wolf today announced the Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2021 and called for statewide action on climate change by all sectors: legislative, government, industry, business, agriculture, and community organizations. “As thousands of Pennsylvanians try…

Wolf administration announces Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2021

09/22/21
The Wolf administration is calling for statewide changes to fight climate change. It says without implementing an action plan, greenhouse gases will lead to increased temperatures, flooding and other serious issues.

Senate overwhelmingly passes ag climate bill

By Jacqui Fatka 06/24/21
When the Senate can achieve 55 co-sponsors and 92 votes in favor of a bill, it must be significant. And for farmers, the advanced Growing Climate Solutions Act fresh off the Senate floor could be…

New legislation would commit Pa. to investing in workforce development while combating climate change

By NCPA Staff 06/22/21
Last week, Pennsylvania Democrats endorsed new legislation from State Sen. Carolyn Comitta and State Rep. Dianne Herrin, which proposes using credit fees from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to help communities that are impacted…

30 Sustainable Actions You Can Do Right Now

04/08/21
30 Ways to Live More Sustainably

Gov. Wolf Announces Largest Government Solar Energy Commitment in the U.S.

03/22/21
Governor Tom Wolf announced today a major clean energy initiative that will produce nearly 50 percent of state government’s electricity through seven new solar energy arrays totaling 191-megawatts to be built around the state.

Preparing for Climate Change in Pennsylvania

08/30/20
This page provides an overview of the steps Pennsylvania is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

UPenn Climate Action Plan

03/20/19
Since the 2009 launch of the University’s first Climate Action Plan, Penn can look back on a remarkable array of accomplishments, and forward to a path of continual improvement in its environmental performance. Upon becoming the…

Climate Action Plan and Climate Impacts

03/20/19
As required by the Pennsylvania Climate Change Act of 2008, the DEP and the Climate Change Advisory Committee produced a Climate Change Action Plan and submitted it to the governor in 2009.

KEY RESOURCES

Pennsylvania Solar Panels Pricing and Incentives

02/09/22
Solar panels can help homeowners save money on energy costs and help the environment at the same time. Are you wondering whether solar panels are right for you? Keep reading to learn more about the…

Pennsylvania State Energy Profile

10/21/21
Pennsylvania's marketed natural gas production, primarily from the Marcellus Shale, reached a record 7.1 trillion cubic feet in 2020, and the state is the nation's second-largest natural gas producer after Texas. Pennsylvania is the third-largest…

Pennsylvania State Profile and Energy Estimates

10/19/21
Pennsylvania, endowed with extensive fossil energy resources, is a leading East Coast supplier of coal, natural gas, electricity, and refined petroleum products to the nation. The Appalachian Mountains run diagonally southwest to northeast through Pennsylvania,…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

09/10/21
The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

Environment and Natural Resources State Bill Tracking Database

09/01/21
The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks environment and natural resources bills that have been introduced in the 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C.

BYEEEEE, plastics!

07/07/21
Starting July 1st, Philly will be giving plastic bags the boot... sort of. 🚫🛍️ ICYMI legislation to ban the bag (for carryout items such as food, clothing, home goods, etc.) passed in December 2019 but…

How Philadelphia is Prioritizing Resiliency: An Interview with Saleem Chapman

03/21/21
How can the City of Philadelphia prioritize building an equitable city alongside battling the climate crisis? The City of Philadelphia has established its first Chief Resiliency Officer to prioritize environmental justice work alongside climate mitigation,…

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

10/06/20
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The State of Climate Adaptation in Public Health An Assessment of 16 U.S. States

10/06/20
EcoAdaptpartnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to assess the state of climate adaptation planning and implementation for climate-related threats to public health in 16 U.S. states.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Pennsylvania

09/19/20
Between 2017 and 2019, Pennsylvania experienced eight severe storms and two winter storms. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.

State-by-State: Climate Change in Pennsylvania

08/06/20
Pennsylvania climate and energy facts

What is RE100?

02/28/20
How Your Organization Can Achieve 100% Renewable Power

Renewables Work for PA

02/27/20
We urge the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the Governor to modernize Pennsylvania's renewable energy goals: 30% renewable energy by 2030, 10% in-state solar with at least 2.5% coming from distributed solar energy, Exploration of renewable…

PennFuture

02/27/20
PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania and beyond. We are protecting our air, water and land, and empowering citizens to build sustainable communities for future generations.

PennEnvironment

02/27/20
PennEnvironment’s mission is to transform the power of our imaginations and our ideas into change that makes our world a greener and healthier place for all. We make the case for our environment and help…

Renewable Energy

02/27/20
Information from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on solar and wind energy that is helpful for navigating the transition to these sources.

Renewable Energy

02/27/20
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection explains what renewable energy is and how Pennsylvanians can start to transition to it.

MORE NEWS

Bethlehem unveils climate action plan that calls for net-zero carbon emissions by 2040

By Christina Tatu   04/12/21  
Bethlehem was once the picture of the industrial age, with towering blast furnaces that released plumes of smoke over the city and sent metallic dust swirling into neighborhoods.
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Pennsylvania town saved by fracking fears Biden will kill its prosperity

By Salena Zito   04/10/21  
Thirty years ago, Jason Capps was a young man with ambition, but when he looked around this town near Pittsburgh, where he grew up, all he saw were opportunities slipping away. The coal mines where…
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University of Pennsylvania Targets Net-Zero by 2050

04/09/21  
The University of Pennsylvania (Penn)’s $14.9 billion endowment is the latest institutional investor to set the goal of eliminating net greenhouse gas emissions from its investment portfolio by 2050.
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Gov. Tom Wolf’s solar energy plan should inspire further development

By The Editorial Board   04/08/21  
Pennsylvania is stepping up its game in regard to combating climate change. In recent weeks, Gov. Tom Wolf announced an initiative to build seven solar arrays that will power roughly half of state government’s electricity…
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Sens. Haywood, Laughlin introduce renewable energy legislation

By Liz Carey   04/05/21  
State Sens. Art Haywood (D-Montgomery/Philadelphia) and Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) introduced legislation Monday to promote economic development and generate jobs while supporting alternative energy production and use in Pennsylvania.
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Pennsylvania Governor Seeks Nation’s Largest Government Commitment to Solar Energy

By Steptoe and Johnson PLLC   04/02/21  
On March 21, 2021, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the largest government commitment to purchase solar energy in the United States. The proposal, called Pennsylvania PULSE, would produce enough electricity from solar energy arrays to…
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Pennsylvania’s first green hydrogen plant planned for Lancaster County

By Rachel McDevitt   04/02/21  
A clean fuel company plans to build Pennsylvania’s first green hydrogen plant in southern Lancaster County.
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Increasing rain, aging infrastructure lead growing number of municipalities to adopt stormwater fees

By Anne Danahy   04/02/21  
David Pribulka, manager of Ferguson Township in Centre County, stood on a suburban street in late February, as snow melted and ran down a drain. The township recently adopted a stormwater fee, and he was…
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This is How Much Renewable Energy Pennsylvania is Producing

By Samuel Stebbins and Grant Suneson   04/01/21  
Within weeks of taking office, President Joe Biden issued a series of executive orders aimed at making the U.S. carbon neutral by 2050. This goal hinges on eliminating greenhouse gas emissions in electricity production.
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Pennsylvania environmental leaders will soon activate “environmental justice hubs” as a step towards climate change

By Victoria Lucas   04/01/21  
 The City of Harrisburg and Pennsylvania environmental leaders in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth are making strides towards a greener, healthier earth.
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Gov. Tom Wolf announces plan to produce 50% of state government electricity through solar energy

By Susan Shapiro   03/23/21  
Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday announced a major clean energy initiative that he said will produce nearly 50% of the state government’s electricity through new solar energy arrays. Wolf said Pennsylvania PULSE (Project to Utilize…
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Nearly half of Pennsylvania government electricity to come from solar power by 2023

By Don Hopey   03/22/21  
Gov. Tom Wolf sees a bright future for solar power in Pennsylvania and Monday announced a new clean energy initiative that will build seven new solar arrays, enough to supply about half of state government…
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Pennsylvania Orders Seven Farmland Solar Sites, Government To Be 50 Percent Renewable By 2023

By Chesapeake Bay Journal   03/22/21  
Pennsylvania officials today announced what they say is the largest purchase of solar energy ever by a state, committing to buy enough electricity to power half of the state government's usage by 2023.
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CENTRAL PA. COUNTY SEEKS INPUT ON HOW TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE

By Rachel McDevitt   03/18/21  
A central Pennsylvania county is asking people what actions they are willing to take to address climate change.
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Legislative action on increasing Pennsylvania’s alternative energy goals appears unlikely

By Anne Danahy   03/15/21  
Pennsylvania’s targets for renewable energy are set to max out this year unless the General Assembly takes action, and Republican leaders seem ready to leave increasing goals for green energy up to the private sector.
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How Pa. can prevent a power crisis like the one that knocked out Texas | Opinion

By Kelly Flanigan   03/10/21  
We need to tackle three main vulnerabilities with our energy system to avoid catastrophe.
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A fracking crash course

By Owen Walsh   03/03/21  
The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) just voted to ban fracking in the Delaware River. For some, it’s a monumental victory in the fight against climate change, environmental degradation and water pollution. For others, it’s…
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Solar farm helping to power Philly’s mass transit system

02/16/21  
A solar farm in southcentral Pennsylvania is helping to power trains and trollies 150 miles to the east.
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Editorial: Towns of region commit to clean energy changes

02/16/21  
If you'd like to see what a green future could look like, talk a walk or drive around Park Road in Upper Gwynedd. Or, gaze up at Lansdale’s Borough Hall to catch a glimpse of…
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Gas industry hasn’t delivered on its economic promise to communities, report says

By Jon Hurdle   02/16/21  
Natural gas extraction has had little economic benefit in eight Pennsylvania counties where production has been most active over the last decade, according to a new report that was immediately dismissed by industry spokespeople.
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SEPTA solar farm now operational

By Robin Whitlock   02/15/21  
The Elk Hill Solar 2 solar farm was developed and is owned and operated by Lightsource bp and is one of two solar farms that SEPTA and Lightsource bp announced on Earth Day in 2020.…
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Pa. companies awarded for leading the way in renewables

By Carrie Pauling   02/12/21  
Looking to the future, a number of central and northcentral Pa. companies were recognized for embracing solar technology into their business models.
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Penn College National Sustainable Structures Center becomes the Clean Energy Center

By NCPA Staff   02/05/21  
The National Sustainable Structures Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology is a leading provider of building performance and energy-efficiency training in the mid-Atlantic region. The Center has recently been rebranded to reflect the rapid transformation…
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Report: Clean energy plan could create 243K Pennsylvania jobs

By Chrissy Suttles   02/02/21  
An initiative to combat climate change and invest in renewable energy could generate just short of a quarter-million new Pennsylvania jobs each year, a new report suggests.
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REPORT: PENNSYLVANIA STANDS TO GAIN 243,000 JOBS A YEAR FROM CLEAN ENERGY

An- Li Herring   01/29/21  
Although President Joe Biden’s actions on climate change have stirred anxieties about job loss in energy-producing states like Pennsylvania, a new report predicts that plans like Biden’s could create roughly a quarter-million jobs annually in the Commonwealth. And within…
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Report: Pennsylvania stands to gain 243,000 jobs a year from clean energy investment

By An- Li Herring   01/29/21  
Although President Joe Biden’s actions on climate change have stirred anxieties about job loss in energy-producing states like Pennsylvania, a new report predicts that plans like Biden’s could create roughly a quarter-million jobs annually in the Commonwealth. And…
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Your View: Why relying on renewable energy is bad for the country

By Jim Snell   01/26/21  
During the presidential campaign, much local discussion was made of President Joe Biden’s positions on energy. Given that President Trump increased his vote total in major natural gas-producing counties in our state from 2016, this outcome should…
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Philadelphia Commits to Carbon Neutrality By 2050

By Rudy Chinchilla   01/15/21  
Scientific consensus indicates “that we have to go further if we are truly to prevent the worst impacts of climate change,” Mayor Jim Kenney said.
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DIGITAL ORIGINAL: 2020 weather and climate change could signal grim reality for Central Pennsylvanians

By Avery Van Etten   01/13/21  
Climate change has various and far-reaching impacts, including right here in Central Pennsylvania. We experienced months of unusually warm temperatures, and then a record-setting snowfall, so how does our recent weather relate to our changing…
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Pittsburgh is one of four cities chosen as a Reforestation Hub to help our urban trees

By Michael Machosky   01/07/21  
In 2014, National Geographic analyzed American cities’ urban tree cover — and found that Pittsburgh came out on top, with 42% tree cover. This “expanded urban forest removes 532 tons of air pollution every year,” noted the study.
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States & Cities Are Driving Climate & Clean Energy Progress

By Kit Kennedy   01/06/21  
It was the year that never seemed to end. The 2020 blows kept coming as the inter-related crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial brutality, climate upheaval, and economic recession inflicted hardship and loss on so many. With millions…
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Your View: Why Pennsylvania should join a regional effort to reduce greenhouse gases

By Arundhati Khanwalker   01/05/21  
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has proposed regulations for Pennsylvania to participate in a regional program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while growing Pennsylvania’s jobs and economy. The comment period on the proposed regulations…
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PA should join the RGGI

By Ada Miller   01/04/21  
Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the nation, but it’s not a ranking of which we can be proud. Pennsylvania is one of the largest producers of carbon emissions.
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Landmark climate policy faces growing claims of environmental racism | Analysis

By Alex Brown   01/04/21  
When California passed its landmark cap-and-trade law in 2006, supporters were hopeful that the program would provide the template for other states—and eventually the federal government—to solve the climate crisis.
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How Biden’s climate plan might impact the local coal market

By Rick Kazmer   01/01/21  
Somerset County conservationist Len Lichvar said the signs of climate change are all around us. Exceptionally wet springs, a tick population explosion and hotter-than-normal summers are part of the ways he is noticing the changes.
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Environmentalists see opportunity for legislature in 2021, but also expect repeats of old fights

By Rachel Mcdevitt   01/01/21  
Eco-advocates say there are a lot of opportunities for lawmakers to act on the environment and climate change in the 2021-22 session.
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Pennsylvania lawmaker subject of removal petition over climate change views

By Christen Smith   12/31/20  
 Butler County Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, one of the General Assembly’s most conservative members with a habit of sponsoring impeachment resolutions, now faces a removal petition of his own.
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‘We need to shift focus’: A Pa. program is helping boroughs and towns plan for climate change

By Kara Holsopple   12/31/20  
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have climate plans to cut carbon emissions and prepare for the impacts of global warming. But what about the smaller cities and towns in-between? A free state program, in its second year,…
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Michael Kovach: A more mindful approach to Pa. agriculture and climate change

By Michael Kovach   12/30/20  
In early December, I was one of nearly 500 Pennsylvanians who testified at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s virtual public hearings with respect to the commonwealth’s prospective participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative,…
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Pennsylvania’s alternative energy goals set to flatline next year, unless legislature acts

By Rachel McDevitt   12/30/20  
Pennsylvania’s goals for utilities to buy increased amounts of power from alternative sources, such as wind and solar, are set to flatline in 2021 unless the General Assembly acts.
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Climate change is affecting us all, increasingly those of us in Philadelphia | Opinion

By Capital Star   12/29/20  
There is reason for hope on federal methane policy next year as we all seek to turn the page on a devastating and traumatic 2020.
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Community Matters: Why RiverWise supports the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

By Daniel Rossi-Keen   12/27/20  
During the last several installments of this column, I have spent considerable time making a number of rather abstract and theoretical claims about community life. Much of what I have written recently has been in…
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Pennsylvania is on the cusp of a solar energy boom. Some communities want to fight it

By Rachel McDevitt   12/23/20  
About a year ago, Dan Brockett’s phone started ringing with calls from people asking for advice on solar developers who wanted to lease their land.
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Pennsylvania is on the cusp of a solar energy boom. Some communities want to fight it

By Rachel McDevitt   12/23/20  
About a year ago, Dan Brockett’s phone started ringing with calls from people asking for advice on solar developers who wanted to lease their land.
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Pennsylvania opts out of carbon-cutting pact for cars, for now

By Laura Legere   12/22/20  
Pennsylvania is not signing on to an ambitious regional pact to cut carbon dioxide and other air pollution from cars and trucks — at least not yet.
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Michael Carnahan: Mill 19 solar project step toward clean air — if expiring tax credit is renewed

By Michael Carnahan   12/22/20  
When the switch flipped on for Mill 19 at Hazelwood Green last month, I felt a rush of gratitude for the union workers who had stood on netting hammocked between steel beams 85 feet off…
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Talen to close coal-fired plants in transition to renewable energy sources

By Dave Kovalesky   12/17/20  
Talen Energy announced that it will eliminate coal use at all its facilities as it transforms its assets and business model toward an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) focused future.
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GROUPS LOOK TO PROTECT PENNSYLVANIA’S LAKE ERIE WATERSHED WITH COMMON GOALS

By Kara Holsopple   12/11/20  
Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay support fishing, boating, swimming and even a craft beer industry, but there are threats to these resources. The Lake Erie watershed in Pennsylvania is small, but the lake supplies…
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Drought warning, watch areas expand to almost half of Pennsylvania

By Marcus Schneck   10/02/20  
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has added 2 counties to the area of the state under drought warning and 13 counties to the area under drought watch.
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In contentious vote, Pennsylvania takes formal step towards joining regional cap and trade market

By Robert Walton   09/16/20  
The Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (EQB) on Tuesday voted 13-6 to launch a formal rulemaking process required for the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a carbon cap and trade program among…
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