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PA Pushing for Decarbonization, Clean Hydrogen Hub (Ind. Report)
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf
Date: 2022-05-16
In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) reports his administration is working with energy, organized labor, and environmental stakeholders to support industrial sector decarbonization with an emphasis on the deployment of clean hydrogen and carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies and to ensure that US DOE invests in Pennsylvania for a Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub funded under the Biden Administration's 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) .

The Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs initiative aims to expand the use of clean hydrogen in the industrial sector as part the Biden Administration's commitment to significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The initiative includes $8 billion for at least four Hubs and requires at least two of the hubs be located in regions of country the with the greatest natural gas resources -- like Pennsylvania. The DOE anticipates that applications for funding will open later this summer.

In addition, the governor and 24 industry, organized labor, and non-profit stakeholders signed onto a declaration signaling their commitment to take the steps necessary to create a regional ecosystem to achieve decarbonization, to transition to clean hydrogen, and to ensure the commonwealth is competitive in attracting investment and creating jobs in all parts of its economy.

In his 2022-23 budget, Gov. Wolf supported a strategic plan for industrial sector decarbonization through carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and advanced clean hydrogen technologies. (Source: office of Gov. Tom Wolf, 16 May, 2022) Contact: Office of Penna. Gov. Tom Wolf, 717-787-2500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tom Wolf,   Hydrogen,  Decarbonization,   Hydrogen,  CCS,  CCUS,  Carbon Emissions ,  

Penna. GOP House Stymies State's RGGI Membership (Reg & Leg)
Pennsylvania, RGGI
Date: 2021-12-17
Further to our 28 February, 2020 coverage, on Wednesday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's GOP-controlled House voted to approve a resolution designed to block Gov. Tom Wolf's (D) ongoing effort to bring the Keystone State into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) fold. Wolf is expected to veto the House measure which failed to muster a two-thirds majority that would have prevented a veto.

Under RGGI, participating states establish a regional cap on CO2 emissions, with the cap adjusted downward over time to reduce emissions further. Large fossil-fuel emitters essentially buy allowances for carbon they emit through an auction.

Pennsylvania currently has the fifth-highest emitting energy sector in the nation. Under RGGI, the state's CO2 emissions would be reduced by 31 pct compared to 2019 levels. The final form regulation will cap emissions at 78 million tons in 2022 and would be gradually lowered to 58 million tons in 2030.

RGGI began with Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, and more recently added New Jersey and Virginia. (Source: Office of the Governor, Enquirer, 16 Dec., 2021) Contact: RGGI,; Office of Penna. Gov. Tom Wolf, 717-787-2500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tom Wolf,  RGGI,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Pennsylvania RGGI,  Carbon Credits,  

Pennsylvania Moving Closer to RGGI Membership (Ind. Report)
Date: 2021-07-14
Following up on our February 17 coverage, in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board reports it voted 15-4 to adopt the final regulation that would have the Keystone State join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) cap-and-trade program that targets power sector carbon dioxide emissions. The rule now goes to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission and the Attorney General's Office for final review before publication.

Governor Tom Wolf (D) signed an executive order starting the RGGI process in October 2019, as part of his overall climate goals of reducing state greenhouse gas emissions 26 pct by 2025 and 80 pct by 2050, compared to 2005 levels. The Pennsylvania DEP estimates RGGI participation will prevent between 97-227 million tons of carbon emissions between 2022 and 2030, depending on factors such as energy demand. Pennsylvania is among the country's top five carbon emitting states.

Under RGGI, power plants with a generation capacity of at least 25 MW and that send 10 pct or more of their power to the grid must purchase allowances for each ton of CO2 they emit. RGGI began with Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, and more recently added New Jersey and Virginia. (Source: Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board, Allegheny Front, 14 July, 2021) Contact: RGGI,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  RGGI,  

Bi-Partisan Governors Group Endorses SCALE Act (Reg. & Leg.)
Date: 2021-03-22
Following up on our Friday, 19 March report, Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon (R) has joined Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma (R) , Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana (D), and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) in support of the recently tables SCALE Act "which aims to develop an interconnected CO2 transport and storage infrastructure to help the U.S. reach net-zero emissions and meet mid-century climate goals."

The SCALE act calls for the build-out of the infrastructure necessary to transport CO2 from where it is captured to where it can be utilized in manufacturing or safely and securely sequestered underground. "We urge Congress to prioritize the inclusion of this critical legislation in any broader infrastructure package, given its essential role in helping to achieve net-zero emissions economy-wide," the jointly signed governors' letter to congress read. (Source: Wyoming News, 20 Mar., 2021) Contact: Office of Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  SCALE Act,  

PA RGGI Membership, Carbon Tax Stymied (Ind. Report, Reg.& Leg.)
RGGI, Carbon Tax
Date: 2020-07-10
In Harrisburg, the Keystone State Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday forwarded legislation aimed at blocking Gov. Tom Wolf (D) from imposing a price on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and from the Governor's previuosly announced plan to bring Pennsylvania into the 10-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

Both RGGI and a carbon tax are central to the governor's strategy to fight climate change. If Wolf's plan is successful, Pennsylvania would become the first major fossil fuel state to adopt a carbon pricing policy.

Proponents claim the RGGI cap-and-trade program would inject new life into Pennsylvania's economy by prioritizing energy efficiency and cleaner energies. (Source: Office of Penna. Gov. Tom Wolf, CBS Pittsburgh, AP, 9 July, 2020) Contact: Office of Penna. Gov. Tom Wolf, 717-787-2500, › governorwolf,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Carbon Tax,  Tom Wolf,  

Penna. DEP Defends Gov. Wolf's RGGI Exec. Order (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-02-28
Following up on our 4 Oct., 2019 coverage, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell has defended Gov. Tom Wolf's (D) executive order directing the agency to develop rules for joining RGGI, a cap and trade regional program that charges power producers for the pollution they emit.

McDonnell's comments came in response to concerns from the House Appropriations Committee over how the state's share of the RGGI programs quarterly auction program would be used by the state, relative to climate change issues rather than unrelated programs and projects.

Sec. McDonnell assured the Appropriations Committee "improvements to public transportation, installing energy efficient windows, insulation, or appliances, or building out alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure" were among the projects the RGGI funds would be applied to.

Governor Wolf's executive order follows the implementation of aggressive clean energy targets announced last year, including a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent by 2025. Pennsylvania also became the 24th state to join the U.S. Climate Alliance -- a group formed in 2017 after President Donald Trump withdrew the nation from the Paris Agreement.

Critics of RGGI argue it will cripple Pennsylvania's economy, force fossil fuel plants into early retirement and drive up electricity prices. Critics note that Pennsylvania is the nation's number two natural gas producer and the region's top power exporter -- making it very different, economically, from the other RGGI participants. (Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, The Center Square, 26 Feb., 2020) Contact: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection,; C RGGI,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Carbon Emissions,  ,  

Penna. Governor Sets Energy Use, Efficiency Goals (Reg & Leg)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-01-10
In Harrisburg, Governor Tom Wolf (D) reports the issuance of an executive order under which the Keystone State will aim for a 3 pct reduction in state government electricity, natural gas and steam use for commonwealth facilities. That executive order also established the inter-agency GreenGov Council, which is implementing new and analyzing existing state agency energy and sustainability strategies.

A key contributor to the initial 3 pct reduction is investments through the state's Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA) program, which allows public entities to fund energy efficiency projects with the savings from reduced energy costs. The GESA program expanded to 13 projects investing over $124 million in energy efficiency upgrades, saving $6.8 million each year. Action is also being taken to meet the executive order’s high-performance design criteria into its facility design and construction practices. To date, 11 state-owned buildings, along with one build-to-suit leased building, are being designed or in construction to meet or exceed the high-performance building standards. (Source: Office of Penna. Gov. Tom Wolf, PR, 8 Jan., 2020)Contact: Office of Penna. Gov. Tom Wolf, 717-787-2500, › governorwolf,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Pennsylvania Sets Carbon Pollution Reduction Goals (Reg. & Leg.)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2020-01-10
In Harrisburg, Keystone State Governor Tom Wolf (D) has announced the signing of an executive order establishing the first statewide goal to reduce carbon pollution in Pennsylvania. The commonwealth will work to achieve a 26 pct reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and an 80 pct reduction by 2050, from 2005 levels.

The executive order also establishes the GreenGov Council to serve as a central coordinating body to encourage and coordinate the incorporation of carbon emissions relate environmentally sustainable practices into the commonwealth government's policy, planning, operations, procurement, and regulatory functions, and strive for continuous improvement in efficiency and performance. (Source: Office of Penna. Gov. Tom Wolf, PR, 8 Jan., 2020) Contact: Office of Penna. Gov. Tom Wolf, 717-787-2500, › governorwolf,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  

Pennsylvania Joining RGGI Cap-and-Trade Program (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-10-04
In Harisburg, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) reports he is beginning the process to enter the commonwealth into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the "first mandatory market-based program in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

The move is in keeping with the Governor's goal of reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 pct by 2025. The state Department of Environmental Protection will be tasked with drafting the proposed regulation.

The RGGI state include Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Four of those states are led by Republican governors. Pennsylvania reportedly emits nearly as much carbon as the nine RGGI states combined. (Source: Pennsylvania Capital Star, 3 Oct., 2019) Contact: RGGI,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  

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