|Why does Pennsylvania need |
Pennsylvania's environment has been destroyed by dirty energy technologies more than any other state. From the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown to the Centralia mine fire, to the dioxin-spewing Harrisburg incinerator, Pennsylvania's health and environment suffer from an excessive supply of dirty power and a lack of clean, renewable energy. Follow this link for more information on Pennsylvania's Dirty Energy Legacy
|Demands for a Strong, Clean RPS
Pennsylvania legislators are considering following the lead of 15 other states by passing a Renewable Portfolio Standard or RPS. Renewable Portfolio Standards require energy suppliers in the state to have a minimum percentage of "renewable" energy in their overall energy mix.
There are currently three RPS bills before the Pennsylvania legislature. Senate Bill 962 is the strongest and cleanest RPS policy in the nation and it enjoys the widest support from grassroots community organizations throughout the state. However, due to partisan politics, the legislation is stalled in committee. However, the ideas from it can be amended into the two dirtier RPS bills that are under consideration. These other bills may be passed by the end of 2003-2004 legislative session (which ends on Nov 24th). If citizens don't speak up, however, the bills could end up doing more harm than good.
House Bill 2250 and Senate Bill 1030 are weaker and dirtier RPS policies which have much broader (and dirtier) definitions of "renewable resources" and fail to support the development of new renewable energy sources. As a result, it's technically possible that if HB 2250 or SB 1030 were to become law, their RPS requirements would be met without a single new wind or solar facility being developed. These bills also promote the burning of fossil fuels (waste coal and coal-bed methane). Separate legislation (SB 1191) would explicitly declare waste coal burning to be "renewable" and "green power" and would allow it to dominate any RPS legislation that is passed, preventing such legislation from significantly promoting real renewable energy sources.
11/9/2004 UPDATE: Senate Bill 1030 was just amended and voted out of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. The legislation is even dirtier now and needs significant work to make it acceptable. To view a current copy of the bill, click here (the new bill language starts on page six).
Please join us in urging your state legislators to support our demands for strong, clean RPS legislation.
Compare the bills: by Incentives / Mechanisms or by which Fuels / Technologies are included
- Read our testimony before the PA Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee
- Frequently Asked Questions about RPS in Pennsylvania
- Organizations supporting SB 962
- Learn more about Renewable Portfolio Standards in general
Bill / Status Bill Name Sponsored by Introduced SB 962 Clean Energy Portfolio Standard Senator Ferlo mid-November 2003 HB 2250 Renewable Portfolio Standard Representative Ross late-November 2003 SB 1030 Renewable and Environmentally Beneficial Portfolio Standard Senator Erickson March 2004 [Not Being Introduced] Advanced Energy Portfolio Standard Drafted by the Rendell Administration April 2004
If you have any questions about RPS legislation in PA or if your organization would like to join in support of a clean, strong and effective RPS, please contact Mike Ewall at 215-743-4884 or firstname.lastname@example.org