FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2020
HARRISBURG, PA – Nuclear Powers Pennsylvania today issued the following statement:
“By voting to advance RGGI into the state’s formal rulemaking process, Pennsylvania’s Environmental Quality Board (EQB) made a powerful statement about prioritizing clean air in Pennsylvania. They also voted to support thousands of new clean energy jobs that will help Pennsylvania communities grow – a true ‘win-win’ for the Commonwealth.
“For the nuclear industry, RGGI means Pennsylvania’s four nuclear power plants have an opportunity to compete on a more level playing field by requiring that polluting fossil fuel plants pay some of the social and health costs of carbon emissions they release into the air. Nuclear energy remains the largest supplier of emissions-free electricity in the Commonwealth, helping to avoid 34 million tons of CO2 emissions per year, which is the equivalent of removing 90-percent of Pennsylvania’s eight million cars from state roads.
“The 10 RGGI states around Pennsylvania are already benefiting from being in the program through thousands of clean energy jobs; lower electricity prices; improved air quality; public health savings; and economies that outperform the rest of the country by 30 percent.
“Nuclear Powers Pennsylvania applauds the Wolf Administration for entering Pennsylvania into RGGI and salutes the EQB for its affirmative vote today.”
About Nuclear Powers Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s nuclear energy industry provides millions of families and businesses with safe, reliable and carbon-free electricity. Nuclear Powers Pennsylvania is a statewide coalition that works to educate all Pennsylvanians about the economic and environmental benefits of nuclear energy and the industry’s positive impact on local communities throughout the Keystone State.