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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: February 15, 2023 01:54 PM
From: Representative James B. Struzzi, II and Rep. Dallas Kephart
To: All House members
Subject: Eliminating RGGI Regulation
 
When Governor Wolf chose to proceed with promulgating his regulation forcing Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), his action put at risk thousands of family sustaining jobs in our Commonwealth which may be lost due to the closure of coal-fired electric generating units and natural gas plants.  It also risked serious economic repercussions to our state, in the form of a potential loss of millions of dollars in local and state tax revenue. 
 
The jobs that we will lose if RGGI goes into effect would go directly to our neighboring states who are not a part of RGGI, and our remaining natural gas-fired plants will be put at a competitive disadvantage because of our participation.  And further, it risked increasing electric bills on our constituents who are already feeling the impact of high prices.
 
Thankfully, the Commonwealth Court issued a preliminary injunction blocking the RGGI regulation last summer, finding that there is a serious legal question as to whether the regulation is an unconstitutional tax that could only have been initiated by the General Assembly.
 
When Governor Shapiro was still a candidate for the office, he stated that he had real concerns about the impact that RGGI will have on consumer prices and that he is not sure that RGGI passes the test of protecting and creating energy jobs and ensuring that Pennsylvania has reliable, clean, and affordable power.
 
Our legislation will eliminate the RGGI regulation and prevent future similar proposals from proceeding without legislative approval, which will protect Pennsylvania energy consumers and save the Commonwealth significant funds in ongoing litigation fees. This legislation aligns with candidate Shapiro’s stated concerns and will allow Governor Shapiro to support union workers and energy consumers throughout the Commonwealth by refocusing Pennsylvania’s energy policies on initiatives that benefit our Commonwealth.
 
Please join us in sponsoring this important bill.
 



Introduced as HB195