Legislative effort fails to save Three Mile Island

Legislative effort fails to save Three Mile Island

Despite a last-minute effort from lawmakers to subsidize struggling nuclear power plants, Exelon Generation has announced that the last remaining nuclear reactor at Dauphin County’s Three Mile Island power plant will shut down at the end of September.

The future of Three Mile Island has been at the center of a debate in the General Assembly on two bills that would have subsidized nuclear power plants in Pennsylvania by adding them to the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act. 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Regulatory reform bills pass in the House, with one exception

Regulatory reform bills pass in the House, with one exception

House Republicans were just two votes shy on Tuesday of sending a full package of regulatory reform bills over to the Senate for consideration, but GOP lawmakers still found success with the passage of four pieces of legislation that aim to restructure the state’s regulatory processes.

The House passed four bills from the GOP caucus #GovtDoneRight wish list with relative ease on Tuesday, but one bill eluded passage as some Republicans grew skeptical of the effects it could have across the state. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Stakeholders raise the alarm on nuclear power

Stakeholders raise the alarm on nuclear power

Interested stakeholders packed the Majority Caucus Room Monday for a House Consumer Affairs Committee hearing on legislation that would add nuclear energy to the state’s alternative energy portfolio, an effort that supporters believe would keep energy rates stable while saving the nuclear power industry in Pennsylvania.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge was a leading voice in the hearing, offering a defense of the bill for the positive effects it could have on the environment and the Pennsylvania economy. 
Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of April 8

5 bills to watch for the week of April 8

We get it—session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From nuclear power to wedding barns, here are five bills to watch for the week of March 25.
Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Nuclear debate heating up in General Assembly

Nuclear debate heating up in General Assembly

The debate on a bill that would require energy companies to purchase alternative energy credits from renewable energy sources — including nuclear power — is poised to be a fiery one next week as the House Consumer Affairs Committee holds their first hearing on the bill sponsored by Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) that could save Pennsylvania’s nuclear power industry.
 
Mehaffie’s bill creates a third tier in the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act, which requires energy distribution companies to purchase certain percentages of power from alternative sources. Opponents of the bill believe it would result in ratepayers subsidizing nuclear power companies, but Mehaffie maintains that the bill is necessary to keep energy rates low in Pennsylvania. 
Thursday, April 4, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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