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Climate activists set their sights on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

Gov. Wolf needs to appoint two new commissioners this fall to fill vacancies on the five-member board, but faces pushback in the state Senate, which opposes Pa.’s plans to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

By Susan Phillips

Updated: July 13, 2021 | 6:52 pm

Board approves RGGI rule, moving Pa. a step closer to joining carbon emissions program

The rule still needs approval from the Independent Regulatory Review Commission and the Attorney General’s Office. But Tuesday’s vote was a key step in the regulatory process.

By Rachel McDevitt

Updated: July 12, 2021 | 7:26 pm

As Pa.’s crucial RGGI vote nears, here’s a quick look at the carbon emissions program

Pennsylvania could become the first fossil-fuel rich state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program designed to cut emissions.

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

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

Updated: May 5, 2021 | 5:00 am

Wolf takes next step to start carbon emissions caps in 2022

If Wolf is successful, Pennsylvania would become the first major fossil fuel state to adopt a carbon pricing policy or join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press

In RGGI fight escalation, GOP blocks Wolf’s nominations to utility regulator

The move shocked some environmental and consumer protection groups, who say Republicans are holding the Public Utility Commission hostage over an unrelated policy decision.

By Rachel McDevitt

Wolf Administration to buy half of state government’s electricity from solar

The projects spread across six counties will add 191 megawatts of solar energy in the state, nearly double how much is produced statewide now.

By Rachel McDevitt

Updated: February 4, 2021 | 2:35 pm

Climate change doesn’t get a mention in Wolf’s budget address

Environmental groups are encouraged by Wolf’s proposal, given the economic fall-out of COVID-19.

By Rachel McDevitt
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