|Posted:||March 12, 2019 03:30 PM|
|From:||Senator Art Haywood and Sen. Thomas H. Killion, Sen. Steven J. Santarsiero|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Modernizing Pennsylvania's Renewable Energy Standards|
|Global climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing our generation. It has already had significant impacts on the environment, from rising sea levels to more extreme weather events, costing businesses, governments and taxpayers billions of dollars. Pennsylvanians are feeling the effects of climate change more and more – especially in the form of extreme rainfall and flooding. It is long overdue that we implement stronger renewable energy goals to create good jobs, cut pollution and ensure a sustainable and prosperous Pennsylvania for future generations.
While the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act (AEPS) was a forward-looking policy when enacted in 2004, neighboring states with stronger energy standards have surpassed us – creating thousands of new, family-sustaining jobs and cutting emissions in the process (Please see attachment).
There is a clear opportunity cost of not taking greater advantage of the environmental and economic opportunities that the renewable industry supplies. Therefore, we plan to introduce legislation to keep Pennsylvania competitive with surrounding states by setting realistic and achievable renewable energy requirements through the AEPS.
Specifically, our legislation: