Pennsylvania Cold on Alternative Energy

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that it would not recommend the state’s Climate Change Advisory Committee (CCAC) debate or vote on a plan that considers increasing the state’s renewable energy law, the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS).

“While other states across the country recognize the multiple benefits of renewable power and have increased the requirements in their state portfolios, DEP is telling us outright that they refuse to expand renewable powerin Pennsylvania,” said Christina Simeone, director of the PennFuture Energy Center and Chair of the CCAC.

Earlier this year, DEP staff introduced a plan to the CCAC that offered a modest increase in renewable power from the existing 8 percent standard to a 10.5 percent standard.

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