RECORDING AVAILABLE-Main Line IPL Monthly Chapter Meeting-February 2021

GET the recording of the RGGI program.

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The Main Line chapter of PA IPL meets each month on fourth Monday evenings, 7:00-8:30 via Zoom.  We email a link to people on the Tuesday prior — often with a bit of special program description.  We hope you will join us!

To make sure you get the links, reach out to conveners Courtenay Willcox and Chuck Marshall by emailing them at mainline@paipl.org — and be sure to add mainline@paipl.org to your contacts!

This month, we will be joined by PennEnvironment’s Executive Director, David Masur during the second half of our meeting for a presentation on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). This portion is open to non-Mainline IPL members for this presentation.

With the likelihood that RGGI will be approved in Pennsylvania, David will address:
  • How RGGI will be implemented?
  • What its implementation will mean for utilities?
  • What its implementation will mean for the CO2 reduction?
  • What role can citizens and institutions play?
  • What do we need to watch for?
Only the programming portion will be open to non-Mainline IPL members who can register here: https://paipl.salsalabs.org/RGGIProgramwithDavid…/index.html
The program will be recorded and available at a later date.

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Public Testimonies

How RGGI and Pennsylvania’s Carbon Budget Program work to reduce carbon pollutants that contribute to climate change:

  • RGGI is a multi-state, market-driven program for CO2 emissions from the electric power sector, implemented by a bipartisan group of governors.  It stretches across 10 states from Maine to Maryland, with Virginia and Pennsylvania now getting on board.
  • Under RGGI, the participating states agree on a regional limit on the carbon pollution that power plants can emit. Each state creates its own program for implementing the agreement.
  • Large carbon-emitting power plants purchase allowances equal to their CO2 emissions and can buy, sell, or trade carbon allowances within the overall cap.

In other words, power plants must pay for the dirty carbon pollution they cause, so they have an incentive to lower their emissions. If power plants reduce their emissions below their allowance, they can bank those allowances for use in the future, or sell allowances to other power plants, which creates more incentive for power plants to invest in ways to reduce their carbon emissions further.

The purchase of the allowances generates funds – as high as $300 million in a year – that could be used to support energy efficiency and renewable energy to further reduce air pollution in the state, and to help low-income consumers as well as communities that are transitioning away from fossil fuels.

PA IPL members, faith leaders, and advocates of climate justice from across the state have already taken a stance and testified, written in our local papers, and signed petitions.

Read the public testimonies of PA IPL’s Executive Director and advocates of climate justice. As we receive more testimonies, we will continue adding them to our website. If you or anyone you know would like to submit their public testimony, please email us.