Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 12:00pm
Seth Blumsack

In 2019, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued an executive order charging the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection with drafting rules for Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Draft rules for Pennsylvania joining RGGI are scheduled to be issued in mid-September, with full integration by 2021. RGGI is a multi-state compact aimed at managing greenhouse gas emissions from the electric power sector, which establishes state-level emission reduction targets and allows for the trading of permits within and across state lines. RGGI also straddles the borders of multiple regional jurisdictions for managing the power grid. As one of the largest generators of electric power in the U.S. and a major fossil fuel state, Pennsylvania's move towards joining RGGI has some significance. Penn State's Center for Energy Law and Policy supported an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students during the summer of 2020 to investigate the legal and administrative environment for Pennsylvania joining RGGI, and potential implications for power grid operations and energy prices; pollution reduction and local air quality; and the effectiveness of other major pieces of Pennsylvania energy policy that promote renewable power generation and encourage energy efficiency. This talk will present some initial findings from this interdisciplinary effort and the directions that the team will take during the current academic year. 

Part of the Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy (EEEP) Seminar Series—Fall 2020

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