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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Mayors from PA and all 50 states call for more solar energy

[Philadelphia, PA] - Mayors from every U.S. state including Pennsylvania are embracing a vision for more solar energy in their communities, as stated in a national letter released today by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center. The group of over 200 “Mayors for Solar Energy” represents cities and towns in states from Florida to Alaska, California to Maine, including 43 in Pennsylvania. More Pennsylvania mayors signed on than any other state in the country.

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Haverford Climate Action Expo offers citizen tools for reducing carbon footprint

[Haverford, PA] – Today, statewide citizen-based non-profit group PennEnvironment joined the Environmental Advisory Committees of Haverford and Lower Merion townships, and Haverford College to host the Haverford “Climate Action Expo”. The goal of the Climate Action Expo is to promote practical steps that local residents can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help tackle  climate change.

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On National Energy Efficiency Day, PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center helps citizens take charge of energy use

[Philadelphia]- The PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center is releasing a new guide to help Pennsylvanians conserve energy and reduce wasted energy in their homes and businesses. Published on National Energy Efficiency Day, with colder autumn and winter months looming, the energy-saving measures proposed by the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center’s It’s Time to Take Charge: A Citizen’s Guide to Saving Energy can help tackle our energy waste problem in Pennsylvania and nationwide.

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Trump administration is driving to endanger our planet

[Pittsburgh, PA] -- This Wednesday (Sept. 26), the Trump administration is holding one of only three public hearings nationwide in Pittsburgh on proposed rollbacks of both federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks, and stripping the power of Pennsylvania and other states to set stronger safeguards to protect public health from air pollution from vehicles. PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center will join dozens of everyday Pittsburghers and Pennsylvanians to voice opposition to this shortsighted attempts to weaken the nation’s best climate change mitigation program.

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PennEnvironment and three other Environmental groups Notify Owners of PA Coal-Fired Power Plant of Intent to Sue Over Pollution in Susquehanna River

Harrisburg, PA – PennEnvironment and three other environmental groups today notified the owners of a coal-fired power plant on the Susquehanna River of their intent to file a lawsuit to stop toxic pollutants that are leaking from the plant’s coal ash landfills into the waterway, which is a source of drinking water and a popular destination for fishing.

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