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Energy and Climate Analysis

Comprehensive Energy and Climate Analysis and Recommendations

OPPEA and the Bureau of Air Quality have contracted to receive technical and economic analysis services in support of the development of the PA Climate Change Action Plan Update for 2018. U.S. DOE State Energy Program funds will be used for a comprehensive energy analysis; energy and climate goal assessments and recommendations; and development of the GHG emission reduction strategies.

Comprehensive Energy Analysis (CEA):

The CEA will assess energy potential, production and consumption in Pennsylvania. The comprehensive energy analysis will assess indigenous energy resources in the commonwealth, including coal, oil, water, natural gas, nuclear, renewables as well as the impact of energy efficiency, energy conservation, energy storage, use of alternative fuels for transportation and other energy resources. The analysis will assess and consider the economic opportunities, including environmental costs and benefits, for the best use of these energy resources for the transportation, electricity, industrial, commercial, government, and building sectors.

Energy and Climate Goal Assessments and Recommendations:

Clean energy policy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals will be examined, with a particular focus on all other states in the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions, Based on this assessment, the report will recommend clean energy standards and policies as well as GHG emission reduction goals for 2030 and 2050 for Pennsylvania.

GHG Emission Reduction Strategies:

Based, in part, on the GHG reduction goals identified above, sector-specific reduction strategies will be developed that identify potential GHG emission reductions from Pennsylvania's Energy Generation, Transportation and Industrial sectors. The GHG emission reduction strategies will include net present value costs and overall cost-effectiveness, along with the annual and cumulative expected GHG emissions reductions in each proposed reduction strategy from, 2018 through 2030 and 2050.

More information about PA's Climate Change efforts can be found on DEP's Climate Change website.