Thursday, September 22, 2022

Gov. Wolf Touts PA's Leadership In Clean Energy Transition At Global Clean Energy Action Forum In Pittsburgh

On September 22, Gov. Tom Wolf told the first-ever
Global Clean Energy Action Forum in Pittsburgh about Pennsylvania’s significant progress in the transition to clean energy and vowed that the Commonwealth will continue to be a leader in energy innovation.

“I’m proud to have the chance to highlight the work that is being done here in Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania to create the change we need to see,” Gov. Wolf said. “The transition to a clean-energy future is a necessity for the economy, for workers, and for the environment. And just like we always have, Pennsylvania is going to be on the leading edge.”

The governor addressed the plenary session of the assembly, organized by the U.S. Department of Energy to bring together the world’s energy leaders, researchers, innovators and advocates to share ideas and information on the transition to clean energy.

The GCEAF’s primary goals for this inaugural gathering are to showcase U.S. global leadership on clean-energy deployment and innovation, reinforce clean-energy transitions as a national security imperative and create opportunities for the U.S. private sector in the global clean-energy marketplace.

On the international front, the convening aims to strengthen the global architecture for clean-energy cooperation and announce new concrete deliverables on cooperative international energy initiatives.

In his address, Gov. Wolf pointed to some of the important accomplishments of his administration in transitioning to clean energy, including--

-- Created a Climate Action Plan  [Read more here]  [Read more here]

-- Set aggressive targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions [Read more here]

-- Enacted the largest government solar energy commitment in the U.S. [Read more here]

-- Installed over 1,000 electric-vehicle charging stations  [Read more here]

-- Established rules to reduce methane emissions [Read more here]

-- Became the 12th state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. [Read more here]

Gov. Wolf hailed the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the new federal [Climate, Energy] law, each of which will allow major investments in clean energy and projects to mitigate the damage of climate change across the U.S.

“These bills will not only help fight climate change, they will provide new, good-paying jobs for unions and trade workers here in Pennsylvania and across the country,” he said.

NewsClips This Week:

-- WESA: Global Leaders Meet In Pittsburgh In Hopes Of Charting A Clean Energy Future

-- Clean Energy Justice Convergence: Citizen Activist Events Related To Global Clean Energy Action Forum In Pittsburgh

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: Not Registered For Global Clean Energy Action Forum In Pittsburgh?  You Can Still Feel The Buzz 

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: World Leaders Hail New U.S. Climate, Energy Act To Spur Clean Energy Work

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Global Clean Energy Conference Kicks Off With Energy, Enthusiasm For Change

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: The Energy VIPs Are In Pittsburgh, Everyone Wants Their Attention  

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: U.S. DOE Opening Lab On CO2 Capture From The Air, Will It Be In Pittsburgh Or WV?

-- TribLive: Some Pittsburgh Elected Officials Caution Against ‘Blue Hydrogen’ Hub Pitch

-- Peoples Gas, University Of Pittsburgh Partnering On Pilot Program To Evaluate Transport Of Hydrogen In Natural Gas Systems

-- Courier Times Guest Essay: New Federal Climate, Energy Law Will Boost PA’s ‘Hydrogen Economy’ - Team Pennsylvania Foundation

-- Daily Item Guest Essay: Embrace The Future Now Before It’s Too Late - Responsible Decarbonization Alliance, Williamsport

-- The Hill Guest Essay: Should Taxpayers Gamble On Blue Hydrogen And Carbon Capture? - By Shanti Gamper-Rabindrain, University Of Pittsburgh, Author Of “America’s Energy Gamble: People, Economy And Planet

-- Scranton Times Editorial: Zero In On ‘Super Emitters’ Of Methane - Conventional, Unconventional Oil & Gas Facilities

-- WESA: Young People Call For Climate Action As Global Leaders Meet In Pittsburgh

Related Articles This Week:

-- Team Pennsylvania, Co-Chaired By Gov. Wolf, Issues Road Map On Hydrogen Development, Carbon Management In PA  [PaEN]

-- PA Environmental Council: Clean Hydrogen & Carbon Capture Can Be Part Of A Comprehensive Decarbonization Strategy: Responsibly Deployed With Environmental Integrity, Accountability And Equity  [PaEN]

-- Senate, House Climate Caucus Calls On General Assembly To Act On Meaningful Climate Legislation, Protect Public Health  [PaEN]

-- Landowners Urge Lawmakers To Pass Real Community Solar Energy Bills To Give $1.8 Billion Boost To PA Economy, Help Farmers As Senate Committee Meets Sept. 20  [PaEN]

-- DCNR Announces All Electricity Used By Agency Will Come From Renewable Sources By 2030  [PaEN]

-- Penn State’s Sept. 26  EarthTalk Webinar Features Update On Solar Energy In Pennsylvania  [PaEN]

-- House Committee Fails To Address $70 Million In Penalties On Natural Gas Pipelines Or Real Concerns Of People Living Near Gas Production & Distribution Facilities  [PaEN]

-- DEP Tells Citizens Advisory Council Road Dumping Conventional Oil & Gas Wastewater Still Does Not Meet Residual Waste Regulations; Remains Illegal  [PaEN]

-- Penn State Research Links Groundwater Contamination To Areas Of Unconventional Shale Gas And Conventional Oil And Gas Drilling  [PaEN]

-- Study: Industry Data Shows Hazardous Air Pollutants Are ‘Ubiquitous’ In The Natural Gas Transmission System; More Justification For Robust Leak Prevention Programs  [PaEN]

-- DEP Finalizing First Bid Packages To Plug 249 Conventional Oil & Gas Wells Under New Federal Taxpayer Funded Well Plugging Program  [PaEN]

-- U.S. Dept. Of Interior Notified DEP A Republican Bill Allowed To Become Law In July May Block Funding For New Federal Conventional Oil & Gas Well Plugging Program  [PaEN]

[Posted: September 22, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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