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This week around the Capitol the legislature passed a highly debated bill that will give a $100 million increase to the Educational Improvement Tax Credit, the House Health Committee approved legislation to ban abortion for babies based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome, and Exelon announced Three Mile Island will officially be closing. 

Thursday, May 9, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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
Would House Bill 11 save Three Mile Island? Exelon says yes, but some lawmakers aren’t so sure

Would House Bill 11 save Three Mile Island? Exelon says yes, but some lawmakers aren’t so sure

Proponents of a bill that would add nuclear power to the state’s alternative energy portfolio and provide a ratepayer-funded subsidy to nuclear power companies argue that it could save the struggling Three Mile Island power plant in Dauphin County. However, during the second House Consumer Affairs Committee hearing for House Bill 11 on Monday, some lawmakers questioned how significant the bill’s effect would be, and whether it would actually save the plant at all.   
 
The Three Mile Island generating station is scheduled to be decommissioned this fall, barring aid from state government officials. Supporters of House Bill 11 argue that the legislation is necessary not only to keeping energy costs affordable and stable, but to also save the plant from premature retirement. 
Monday, April 15, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Senators aim to update state’s alternative energy portfolio with increased requirements, nuclear power

Senators aim to update state’s alternative energy portfolio with increased requirements, nuclear power

A bipartisan group of senators are hoping their respective bills will put Pennsylvania on the path to an alternative energy-powered future by updating the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards.
 
Senators Art Haywood (D-Montgomery), Tom Killion (R-Delaware) and Steve Santarsiero (D-Bucks) unveiled a bill that would increase the requirement of alternative energy sold in the state under Tier I of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act (AEPS) from 8 percent to 30 percent.
Thursday, April 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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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