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

PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

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

Recap of Climate Promises to Action, Green Philly’s Virtual Symposium

By Julie Hancher   02/18/22  
Green Philly hosted our second annual virtual sustainability symposium, Climate Promises to Action, on Thursday, February 17th. Throughout the day, experts discussed the importance of coming together to improve our communities and environment. As Judy…

Majority of Philadelphians with flood insurance to see rates increase

By Taylor Allen   10/04/21  
More than 70% of Philadelphians with flood insurance can expect to see their rates increase after the Federal Emergency Management Agency changed the way it prices the coverage this month.

New public hearings, environmental study sought in lawsuit over Erie’s Bayfront Parkway

By Kevin Flowers   10/04/21  
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration have claimed there was significant public input and adequate environmental study regarding the $100 million plan for improvements to the Bayfront Parkway.

Meet the climate candidate running for Pa.’s sought-after U.S. Senate seat

By Special To The Capital Star  Photo: Friends of Eric Orts   10/03/21  
This University of Pennsylvania professor is running for U.S. Senate with one major campaign focus: climate change.

Local fight against power lines shows tensions coming with push toward clean energy future

By Rachel MCDevitt  Photo: Rachel MCDevitt , State Impact Pennsylvania   09/30/21  
Barron Shaw’s family has been selling fruit from its orchard that spans the Pennsylvania-Maryland border for more than a century.

Rep. Mike Doyle proposes bill to boost solar-energy manufacturing in America

By Jason Phox   09/28/21  
To promote the Country’s progress towards renewable energy, Pittsburgh’s U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Forest Hills) announced on Sept. 27 the introduction of the Solar Supply Chain Act, which invests in making the nation a large…

Updated climate plan predicts steamy Pennsylvania future without action

By Christen Smith   09/26/21  
Residents in the southern half of Pennsylvania could spend up to 103 days each year living with temperatures that exceed 90 degrees by 2100, according to the state’s updated Climate Action Plan.

Changing Climate: What Could The Infrastructure Bill Mean For PA?

By Kate Fishman   09/24/21  
After a summer marked by tornadoes, flash floods, and disaster declarations, a piece of new federal legislation could help facilitate a Pennsylvania better-equipped to cope with climate change.

Wet, hot and hazy: How climate change helped shape summer 2021 in the Poconos

By Kathryne Rubright   09/23/21  
It’s not every summer that the remnants of three tropical storms pass over the Poconos, pouring more than a foot of rain on Stroudsburg in a little over two weeks.

Your View: How Pennsylvania can lead in reducing carbon emissions

By Flora Cardoni and Michael E. Mann  Photo: Rick Kintzel , Morning Call   09/21/21  
Tropical Depression (formerly Hurricane) Ida hit us hard this month, depositing torrential, flood-inducing rains across a huge swath of the eastern United States.

Opportunity zone launches in southwest Pennsylvania

By Melina Druga   09/13/21  
The Richard King Mellon Foundation, the largest foundation in southwestern Pennsylvania, and Arctaris Impact Investors, a Boston-based impact investment firm, recently launched the $20 million Arctaris Southwestern Pennsylvania Opportunity Zone Program.

PA Becomes 2nd State to Offer Climate-Change Leadership Training

By Emily Scott   09/10/21  
Pennsylvania is now the second state in the country to launch a program focused on training state and local leaders on tackling the challenges of climate change.

Climate change is straining Philly’s 19th-century sewage system. Ida was a ‘wake-up call.’

By Frank Kummer  Photo: Alejandro A. Alvarez   09/10/21  
Water burst over the banks of the Schuylkill and flooded Manayunk and Center City last week when remnants of Hurricane Ida moved through the region, forcing overflow pipes to spew diluted sewage into the river,…

Pennsylvania School District to Save More Than $3 Million with Energy Conservation Measures

By Austin Tannenbaum  Photo: Pixabay   09/08/21  
Jeannette City School District in Jeannette, Pennsylvania is projected to save $3.6 million in energy and operations costs from building improvements across three of its facilities: McKee Elementary School, Jeannette Junior/Senior High School, and McKee…

Pennsylvania among states pushing feds to fund anti-climate change efforts in ag sector

By Natalie Kapustik  Photo: Jon Bilous , Shutterstock   09/08/21  
A group of Eastern states, including Pennsylvania, are pushing for U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to provide $737 million in funding for the proposed Chesapeake Bay Resilient Farms Initiative.

Governor Wolf: Pennsylvania Agriculture Ready to Combat Climate Change, Needs Increased Federal Support

09/07/21  
Governor Tom Wolf today called for U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to implement a $737 million Chesapeake Bay Resilient Farms Initiative to support Pennsylvania farmers in their desire to take a stand against…

Solar industry tells lawmakers to incentivize growth in Pennsylvania

By Christen Smith  Photo: woodsnorthphoto / Shutterstock   09/05/21  
Pennsylvania’s underwhelming renewable energy targets undermine the industry’s growth around the state, companies said, leaving jobs and electricity savings on the table. The comments came during a House Consumer Affairs Committee hearing recently at the…

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Move to Block Newly Cleared Climate Regulations

By Kevin Mooney  Photo: Photo: Paul Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images   09/03/21  
No sooner did a Pennsylvania state commission narrowly approve new climate regulations this week than state lawmakers advanced a resolution to prevent those rules from taking effect. The five-member Independent Regulatory Review Commission voted 3-2…

It’s not all about Hurricane Ida — land use and climate change drive Philly flood risk

By Meir Rinde   09/02/21  
As the remnants of Hurricane Ida headed toward Philadelphia Wednesday, Leo Brundage had his eyes on the clock.

AS CLIMATE CHANGE URGENCY GROWS, PA. IS STILL WORKING ON NEW STANDARDS FOR TEACHING ABOUT IT

By Rachel MCDevitt  Photo: Dhendrix 73 , Flickr   08/26/21  
The picture of global warming is getting more dire, as the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says governments need to act immediately to limit warming below catastrophic levels.

Many cities want to plant trees. Why are some residents reluctant?

By YCC Team  Photo: Payton Chung   07/09/21  
To help limit climate change, the city of Pittsburgh intends to plant 100,000 new trees by 2030. The effort will focus on bringing more shade to low-income neighborhoods that lack green space. But some residents…

State officials, environmental community make push to Gov. Wolf to close state methane rule loophole

By 69 News   06/23/21  
Leading state elected officials and members of the environmental community held an event in Harrisburg on Wednesday, calling for immediate action by Governor Wolf and the Department of Environmental Protection.

The Importance of Pennsylvania’s Natural Gas

By Jude Clemente   06/23/21  
Thanks to fracking in the Marcellus shale, Pennsylvania has led a U.S. natural gas revolution since 2007. The state’s production has exploded almost 40-fold, to over 7,300 billion cubic feet, or 20% of the national…

Poll shows Pennsylvanians support climate action amid pandemic

By Madison Goldberg   06/22/21  
Most Pennsylvania registered voters think the state should work harder to tackle climate change, according to a poll from Franklin & Marshall College that was released last week.

Cheswick closure in southwest Pennsylvania latest coal casualty

By Christen Smith  Photo: Keith Srakocic , AP   06/21/21  
 Cheswick Generating Station became the latest conventional coal-fired power plant casualty in Pennsylvania this month as the handful of remaining facilities face increased economic and environmental pressure to follow suit.

Bill creates roadblock for Pennsylvania to join Greenhouse Gas Initiative

By Mike Reuther   06/19/21  
The state Senate recently passed a bill to require the Legislature to approve a proposal for Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Will Pa. join regional climate change pacts? Lawmakers want a say in the decision.

By J.D. Prose   06/16/21  
On the same day Gov. Tom Wolf was extolling the virtues of Pennsylvania joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a handful of state Senate Democrats joined with Republicans in a veto-proof majority to pass a bill requiring legislative approval of…

Sick of your litter and recycling not being recycled? Meet Circular Philadelphia, the new org encouraging a reusable economy.

By Julie Hancher  Photo: Briana Louise, In Between Rivers   06/15/21  
Recycling has been broken for a long time. Consumers are the ones responsible for ensuring their “waste” ends up in the right locations, whether trash, recycling, or composting. What if, instead, we locally recycled those…

Herrin, Comitta bill targets climate change

06/15/21  
As Pennsylvania moves forward toward reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions by participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

Hundreds attend rally on climate change

06/14/21  
As the Pennsylvania General Assembly prepares to vote on legislation that, if passed, would strip the Department of Environmental Protection’s authority to regulate climate pollution, hundreds of people — including many from Chester County — attended…

Township rejects Pennsylvania’s largest solar project

By Ad Crable  Photo: Todd McCauslin   06/04/21  
Township supervisors near Gettysburg, PA, on June 3 pulled the plug on what could have been Pennsylvania’s largest solar energy project.

As Philadelphia works to tackle climate change, a question emerges: Is PGW on board?

By Susan Phillips  Photo: Lindsay Lazarski , WHYY   05/28/21  
Julie Greenberg, a climate and racial justice advocate who works with the interfaith grassroots group POWER, has a vision for Philadelphia’s energy future: GeoMicroDistricts, or a network of underground pipes carrying water, shared by homes in…

Philadelphia needs the federal jobs plan to fight massive threats of climate change | Opinion

By Thoai Nguyen and Josh McNeil  Photo: Tim Tai / Staff Photographer   05/26/21  
You don’t have to look far to see the devastating effects of climate change. Severe storms that cause dangerous, costly flooding, and power outages are becoming more and more common. Temperatures are climbing, worsening childhood…

Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure Gets C-Minus From White House Report

04/12/21  
President Joe Biden wants Congress to know he’s sincere about cutting a deal on infrastructure, but Republican lawmakers have deep-seated doubts about the scope of his proposed package, its tax hikes and Biden’s premise that…

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

By Christina Tatu  Photo: April Gamiz , The Morning Call   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.

Pennsylvania town saved by fracking fears Biden will kill its prosperity

By Salena Zito  Photo: Justin Merriman , New York Post   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…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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.

Increasing rain, aging infrastructure lead growing number of municipalities to adopt stormwater fees

By Anne Danahy  Photo: Anne Danahy , State Impact   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…

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.

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.

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…

Nearly half of Pennsylvania government electricity to come from solar power by 2023

By Don Hopey  Photo: Andrew Rush , Post- Gazette   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…

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.

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.

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.

How Pa. can prevent a power crisis like the one that knocked out Texas | Opinion

By Kelly Flanigan  Photo: Ralph Barrera   03/10/21  
We need to tackle three main vulnerabilities with our energy system to avoid catastrophe.