The days may be getting colder, but the energy debate is just heating up. Joe Biden has made it clear that addressing climate change will be a top priority for his administration, though advocates on both sides of the issue are eagerly awaiting any indication of just how ambitious his approach will be. State legislators in Ohio are considering whether to delay the collection and payment of subsidies for nuclear plants in the wake of the House Bill 6 bribery scandal. And, regulators in Pennsylvania began a ten-part series of virtual hearings on a proposed rulemaking that would make the Keystone State the newest member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
In this edition of our newsletter, we highlight a new report from Senior Researcher Sean O’Leary on what joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative would mean for Pennsylvania: reductions in utility bills; increased jobs, commerce, and income; and fewer emissions of pollutants that not only warm the planet, but also make us more sick and less productive. Sean will also be providing comments on Pennsylvania’s proposed rulemaking during the Environmental Quality Board’s public comment session this Friday.
We also feature Advisory Council member James Van Nostrand, who serves as the Director of the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development at the West Virginia University College of Law. Earlier this fall, Professor Van Nostrand wrote for the Natural Resources Defense Council on Pennsylvania’s legal authority to join RGGI through a rulemaking process. Next week–after nearly a year of research, economic modeling, debate, and expert feedback–Van Nostrand and his colleagues will release their new report, West Virginia’s Energy Future: Ramping up Renewable Energy to Decrease Costs, Reduce Risks, and Strengthen Economic Opportunities for West Virginia.