Rachel McDevitt | StateImpact Pennsylvania

Rachel McDevitt

Rachel McDevitt is a reporter for StateImpact Pennsylvania at WITF.

Rachel joined WITF in 2017 as the host of Fresh Air and All Things Considered. She previously reported for WITF’s Radio Pennsylvania Network, where her work earned the National Association of State Radio Network’s award for best feature two years in a row. The western Pennsylvania native started her journalism career with the CBS affiliate in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Rachel is a graduate of Temple University.

Latest by Rachel McDevitt

Updated: June 4, 2021 | 3:36 pm

Planned solar project near Gettysburg denied key permit

Four Mount Joy Township supervisors on Thursday deadlocked on motions to grant or deny a conditional use permit to the 75-megawatt solar project from NextEra Energy.

By Rachel McDevitt

Report shows rebound for natural gas as production, prices rise

The Independent Fiscal Office reports the state’s average natural gas price from January to March was 64 percent higher than the same time last year.

By Rachel McDevitt

Senate Democrats push for greater accountability from natural gas industry

The bills come nearly a year after a statewide investigative grand jury found that state regulators failed to protect the public from the health impacts of fracking.

By Rachel McDevitt

State House passes relaxed standards for conventional drillers; Wolf opposes the bill

Supporters say the bill creates reasonable criteria for the industry. Opponents say it poses a risk to public health and the environment.

By Rachel McDevitt

Environmental advisory committees give OK to proposed RGGI rule

Last week’s votes mark a shift in attitude from last year, when none of the committees voted to recommend the draft rule.

By Rachel McDevitt

Wolf withdraws nomination to utility regulator after lawmakers threaten no vote

Wolf’s candidate is leading the administration’s effort to have the state join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative which Republican lawmakers oppose.

By Rachel McDevitt

Clean energy advocates say industry will slow if lawmakers fail to increase renewable energy goals

Utilities are slated to meet the final goal of buying 8 percent of their electricity from renewable sources, with half a percent coming from solar, by May 31.

By Rachel McDevitt

In letter, lawmakers try to bypass Wolf, ask RGGI administrator to block Pa.’s entrance

The move is one of several attempts by lawmakers to prevent the state joining the program through regulation.

By Rachel McDevitt

To cut methane leaks — and maybe work on their image — 2 Pa. gas drillers eye ‘responsibly sourced’ label

The companies are launching pilot programs to produce gas without harmful methane leaks. There are business reasons to do that, experts say.

By Rachel McDevitt

State climate report predicts nearly six-degree temperature rise, more heat waves and intense storms by 2050

The report uses a worst-case scenario climate model, with no assumed solutions, to make its projections. Read the report here.

By Rachel McDevitt