Pa.’s renewable energy targets are set to expire

Written by on March 16, 2021

 Pa.’s renewable energy targets are set to expire

By Anne Danahy / StateImpact Pennsylvania

March 16, 2021

Solar panels that are part of the University Area Joint Authority’s solar array in Centre County, Pennsylvania. Anne Danahy/StateImpact Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s targets for renewable energy are set to max out this year unless the General Assembly takes action. Republican leaders seem ready to leave increasing goals for green energy up to the private sector.

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Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards require utilities to buy certain amounts of power from renewable sources. For example, utilities now have to get 8% of their power from “Tier 1” energy sources like wind and solar.

State Rep. Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia), the House Democratic leader, says her party would like to gradually raise those standards. But,

“It’s been a challenge to see the bills that impact the investment that we need in clean energy get out of committee and into, at least in the House, to the General Assembly,” McClinton says. 

State Sen. Jake Corman (R-Centre, Huntingdon, Mifflin & Juniata), President Pro Tempore, says the government can encourage the move to green energy.  

“But, ultimately, the consumers and the private sector decide by the private sector producing products that the consumers want through a recyclable process,” Corman says. 

Renewable energy advocates say the state’s standards need to go up to help cut carbon emissions and avoid the worst effects of climate change. 


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