Pennsylvania is the birthplace of the modern energy industry and a pivotal global energy supplier. American energy independence and global energy market security rely on Pennsylvanian energy. Today’s hyper-polarized politics and environmental radicalism too often mislead Pennsylvanians by presenting them with false choices for our energy future. It does not have to be this way.

Pennsylvania can have a bright, market-driven energy future where:

  • Energy is reliable and affordable
  • Commonsense management and stewardship protect the environment
  • Pennsylvanians are free to innovate and address energy and environmental challenges responsibly
  • Pennsylvania’s families and businesses benefit from its abundance of natural resources
  • Pennsylvania leads the way to secure American energy independence and dominance in the global marketplace

Energy

Budget Facts 2010: Natural Gas Severance Tax

  • April 7, 2010

Gov. Rendell has proposed a tax of 5% on the value of extracted natural gas, plus $.047 per thousand cubic feet of extracted gas. There is an exemption for marginal…

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Energy

Natural Gas Severance Tax: Still A Bad Idea

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • March 23, 2010

In the coming months, debate on a proposed natural gas severance tax will heat up as legislators attempt to pass a balanced budget before June 30. Last year, lawmakers and…

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Energy

Business Guide to Electric Choice & Competition

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • February 16, 2010

In the late 1990s, Pennsylvania's electricity rates were 15% above the national average, despite the abundance of low-cost coal generation in the Commonwealth. At that time, electricity was sold by…

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Energy

Citizen’s Guide to Electric Choice & Competition

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • January 5, 2010

In the late 1990s, Pennsylvania's electricity rates were 15% above the national average, despite the abundance of low-cost coal generation in the Commonwealth. At that time, electricity was sold by…

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Energy

Five Threats to Pennsylvania’s Prosperity

  • December 16, 2009

Pennsylvania has long been one of the most economically stagnant states in the nation. For the period 1991-2008, the Commonwealth ranked 45th in job growth, 46th in personal income growth,…

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Energy

Alternative Energy Mandates

  • November 18, 2009

Pennsylvania law requires utility companies to produce a certain percentage of their electricity from alternative sources in future years. Proposed legislation would increase this percentage and require new carbon sequestration…

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Energy

End Rate Caps to Create Electric Choice and Competition

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • November 9, 2009

Concern about potential price hikes in the midst of a recession may motivate some lawmakers to push for legislation to halt or delay that expiration under the guise of consumer…

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Energy

Rendell’s Mixed Energy Agenda

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • September 1, 2009

Governor Rendell frequently talks about the need to combat rising energy costs. Yet he continues to support policies that will increase Pennsylvanians’ electric bills and endanger thousands of jobs in…

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Energy

Electricity Restructuring and Rate Caps

  • July 30, 2009

With electricity rate caps expiring, state lawmakers are concerned that Pennsylvanians will see steep increases in their utility bills. What will happen as the electricity deregulation, which is more accurately…

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Energy

Electricity Deregulation: A Successful Transition

  • Elizabeth Stelle
  • April 7, 2009

Most Pennsylvania residents will soon see significant increases in their electricity bills. Many state lawmakers are concerned about the political backlash they will receive as a result. But it is…

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Energy

Energy Policy

  • September 25, 2007

Governor Ed Rendell has proposed issuing $850 million in new debt to subsidize select “alternative energy” companies and energy conservation efforts, along with a mandate that every gallon of…

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Energy

The Hype for Energy Indebtedness

  • September 17, 2007

Governor Ed Rendell contends that his energy policy will help the Commonwealth attain “energy independence.” Don’t believe the hype. His plan imposes new taxes to cover the costs…

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Energy

Energy Depletion

  • June 28, 2007

Ed Rendell has been in politics for too long. That is the only way to explain his apparent belief that Harrisburg politicians know more about which alternative energy prospects are…

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Energy

The Governments Gas Problem

  • Matthew Brouillette
  • May 8, 2006

Government’s energy policies and regulations have been leading us down the wrong road for years, yet the only solution Governor Ed Rendell and plenty of Republicans like Sen. Arlen Specter…

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Energy

Earth Day Reality Check: Embrace the Truth Not Environmental Hysteria

  • April 21, 2003

Forty years ago, native Pennsylvanian Rachel Carson and author of Silent Spring wrote “We stand now where two roads diverge.” Carson’s statement accurately reflects the current state of Pennsylvania’s regulatory…

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