Coal, gas and nuclear — we can do better

The ways that we produce and use energy in Pennsylvania have a severe impact on our environment and health. PennEnvironment is working toward a new energy future that promotes clean, renewable energy and uses efficient technologies to help protect the planet.

Pennsylvania could be doing a lot better when it comes to the ways we use and produce our energy. Dirty, coal-fired power plants pollute our air with smog and soot, and our rivers and streams with mercury. Marcellus Shale gas drilling contaminates our streams and destroys our pristine forests. Nuclear power plants produce toxic waste, and pose the unlikely but catastrophic threat of a Fukushima-style disaster.

Powerful polluters push for the dirty energy status quo

Unfortunately, many electricity companies, coal companies and other polluters want to continue our reliance on dirty energy sources. These powerful interests are putting short-term profits ahead of our environment and health — and they have unfettered access and influence in the halls of the state capitol in Harrisburg and in Washington, D.C. Electric utilities spent more than $105 million on lobbying in 2011 alone.  Now they're pushing to cut Pennsylvania's critical Advanced Energy Portfolio Standard, which supports clean energy sollutions like wind and solar.  

Solar and wind offer path to a new energy future

At PennEnvironment, we have a different vision. We can get our energy from clean, renewable homegrown sources like wind and solar, while creating thousands of much-needed jobs in the state. We can achieve a new energy future where our homes and buildings create more clean energy than they need, where public transportation systems thrive and reduce our reliance on oil, and where technology allows our cars to get more than 100 miles to the gallon.

Pennsylvania has the technological know-how and renewable energy potential to clean up and modernize the way we produce energy. Clean, renewable energy sources are in abundance in Pennsylvania — especially wind and solar power — and they can help the Commonwealth decrease its reliance on dirtier, polluting forms of energy.


Clean Energy Updates

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Saving America’s Rooftop Solar | Johanna Neumann

Rooftop solar is one of our best clean energy technologies. In the face of utility opposition, Americans across the country are standing up for putting solar on their homes — and winning.

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News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Statement: Interior Department proposes first offshore California wind lease sales

The Department of the Interior has announced the first proposed lease sales for wind power off the shore of California and the United States’ West Coast. 

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News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Statement: Cost overruns at Georgia nuclear reactors offer cautionary tale

The only nuclear reactors under construction in the United States are now projected to cost more than $30 billion, more than double the original cost estimate of $14 billion. 

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News Release | Environment Colorado

Statement: Colorado Legislature passes building codes legislation that reduces pollution, lowers global warming emissions

The Colorado Legislature passed a bill on Wednesday that requires cities and counties to update their building energy codes, ensuring that new buildings are ready for renewable energy installations, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and all-electric heating and cooling systems. 

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News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Statement: California Energy Commission releases big offshore wind target

As California seeks to secure a 100% renewable electricity grid to address the climate crisis, the California Energy Commission (CEC) has released their initial Offshore Wind report with goals of 3,000 MW of offshore wind energy by 2030 and 10,000 to 15,000 MW by 2045 with a potential of 20,000 MW by 2050, with sufficient technological improvements.

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