Shapiro Administration Policy on Energy and the Environment
January 18, 2023
Robert D. Fox, Esq.
MGKF Special Alert - Pennsylvania Forecast 2023
Governor Shapiro’s overriding perspective is as follows: He “refuses to accept the false choice between protecting jobs or protecting our planet – we must do both.” Within that framework, he supports the following:
- Ensuring that Pennsylvania has a comprehensive climate and energy policy that will invest in clean energy, including promoting solar projects and adopting measures to increase access to renewable energy sources.
- Working with stakeholders to demonstrate the best way to move forward to update Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act to set a target to generate 30 percent of Pennsylvania’s energy from renewable sources by 2030 and set a goal for Pennsylvania to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
- Investing in plugging abandoned well across the state to curb emissions.
- Investing in zero-carbon technology and providing financial incentives to help bring zero-carbon technologies to commercial readiness.
- Investing in research, development, and design for advanced renewables, advanced nuclear, hydrogen, carbon capture, and other zero-carbon technologies.
- Steering clean energy and infrastructure investments to underserved communities.
- Expanding weatherization assistance programs and energy efficiency projects for families and small businesses throughout the Commonwealth.
Ensuring that while implementing these policies, Pennsylvania remains an energy hub as one of the most important energy-producing states in the entire country. The Commonwealth is the second largest natural gas producing state in the nation and the largest electricity exporter in the entire country.