RGGI

Pa. environmental groups file appeal of RGGI ruling

BY: - November 29, 2023

“Participation in the RGGI program would bring huge, known benefits to Pennsylvanians including lower carbon emissions, reduced air pollution, consumer cost savings, and job creation that would prioritize those most in need. It would also spur clean energy investments that provide additional public health, environmental, and economic benefits,” the statement reads.

Shapiro says state will appeal Commonwealth Court’s RGGI decision

BY: - November 21, 2023

Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro’s administration announced Tuesday that it will appeal the Commonwealth Court’s decision to block Pennsylvania from entering the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program.  In a statement from the Governor’s office, Shapiro said he would appeal the Nov. 1 decision to block the Commonwealth from joining neighboring states in the multi-state carbon […]

Court blocks Pa.’s entrance into multi-state carbon cap-and-trade program

BY: - November 1, 2023

The Commonwealth Court ruled on Wednesday that Pennsylvania cannot enter into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a multi-state initiative to limit carbon emissions, saying it violates the state Constitution. 

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Commentary: RGGI is about climate change. It’s also about environmental justice

BY: - October 27, 2023

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) offers a chance to add funding and emphasis to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s  stated focus on environmental justice, writes Joseph Otis Minott, president of the Clean Air Action Fund.

Pa. misses 7th RGGI auction as litigation keeps involvement in limbo

BY: - September 13, 2023

Pennsylvania remains unable to participate in the carbon credit auction, the most recent of which occurred on Sept. 6, due to two “separate but related” lawsuits, regarding the constitutionality of the commonwealth’s involvement in the multi-state program, aimed at limiting and reducing industrial carbon emissions. 

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By stalling on RGGI, here’s what Pa. residents are missing | Opinion

BY: - August 7, 2023

In March, Pennsylvania passed up millions of dollars that could have gone toward tackling climate change and reducing energy costs for millions of Pennsylvania residents. It’s not the first time Pennsylvanians have missed out on this money, and it’s going to keep happening unless Pennsylvania is finally allowed to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative […]

tate Sen. Ghazal Hashmi, D-Richmond, speaks during a press conference during the State Air Pollution Control Board. (Charlie Paullin/The Virginia Mercury).

Virginia oversight board approves withdrawal from regional carbon market

BY: - June 7, 2023

Virginia’s state Air Pollution Control Board took its final step to withdraw Virginia from a regional carbon market, sending the action to Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s office for final action, despite a majority of public commenters continuing to oppose the move. Following a 30-minute closed session to discuss possible litigation against the decision, the board […]

Environmentalists, advocates urge Shapiro to stay the course on carbon compact

BY: - March 30, 2023

The Democrat's budget plan includes $663M from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Permitting reform, carbon compact take center stage at DEP’s budget hearing

BY: - March 22, 2023

Lawmakers from both parties asked Negrín about the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a multi-state carbon credit program; permitting reform, and regulatory enforcement at Wednesday’s hearing, hoping to better understand the department’s spending priorities for the new fiscal year, which is set to begin on July 1.

GOP lawmaker plans to introduce bill to ‘eliminate’ RGGI regulation

BY: - February 22, 2023

In November, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court heard oral arguments in two “separate but related” cases regarding RGGI and its constitutionality. The appellate court has yet to issue a ruling in those cases. 

Shapiro’s environmental agenda raises hopes — but also questions

BY: - January 24, 2023

Advocates want Shapiro to 'to lead where his predecessors have failed' on environmental issues.

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. environmental groups see hope, progress on the horizon in Harrisburg

BY: - November 25, 2022

In addition to carbon capture, Szybist said pieces of environmental justice legislation, which have previously stalled in the General Assembly, could be reintroduced in a Democratic-controlled House with support from Democratic Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro.