Iconic Businesses Call for Swift Action on Clean Power Plan in Pennsylvania
Despite support from Gov. Tom Wolf, a federal plan for reducing carbon pollution from the state’s power plants is not having an easy time in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
Leading Pennsylvania businesses are backing the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, however. They recognize that the transition to a cleaner, less carbon-intensive electricity system is underway and that states that move more quickly in this direction will benefit the most.
Last week, major companies, including Philadelphia-based IKEA North America, the Adidas Group, Eileen Fisher, JLL, and Nestlé USA, sent letters to state lawmakers urging Pennsylvania to submit a timely strategy outlining how it will implement the Clean Power Plan.
The letter outlined wide-ranging economic benefits for businesses and ratepayers, concluding that “planning now ensures the best outcome for Pennsylvania in the future.”
They also described how Pennsylvania could get a jump-start on developing clean energy by taking advantage of early compliance credits offered by the Clean Energy Incentive Program.
Last spring, after various attempts to derail implementation of the Clean Power Plan, the Pennsylvania General Assembly settled on—and ultimately passed—a bill that empowers the legislature to review, and accept or reject, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s compliance plan. Under this agreement, the General Assembly could, if it wanted to, postpone implementation of the Clean Power Plan in Pennsylvania by up to a year. However, Gov. Wolf has made it clear that he intends to keep moving forward in developing a compliance strategy.
“We are encouraged by the [Wolf] Administration’s intent to keep planning and hope the Assembly will, in a timely fashion, allow the Department of Environmental Protection to do its job to protect the state’s economy and avail of the opportunity for Pennsylvania to transition to a low-carbon economy that is beneficial for all,” the companies concluded.
The Pennsylvania General Assembly should heed the call of these businesses and tap the enormous potential of the Clean Power Plan to attract new clean energy investments and create additional economic development opportunities – as well as good paying jobs – for Pennsylvania. Diverse states such as Minnesota, California, Colorado and Massachusetts are already reaping such benefits by embracing the clean energy future and the Clean Power Plan. Pennsylvania should follow their lead.