Future of nuclear energy focus of McCarter’s House Democratic Policy Hearing

WYNDMOOR, April 22 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing in the Springfield Township Administration Building on the future of nuclear energy and its impact on alternative energy portfolio standards.

“It’s imperative that we consider our environment and economy when we look to the future of nuclear energy. The protection of jobs and growing a greener portfolio of energy sources is critical in the evaluation of nuclear generation in Pennsylvania,” McCarter said.

McCarter is co-introducing legislation that would modernize Pennsylvania’s renewable energy standards by expanding the Alternative Portfolio Standards Act Tier 1 requirement from 8% to 30% by 2030. The bill also would provide several protections that control costs for electricity customers and would direct the Public Utility Commission to study the benefits of a renewable energy storage program.

The committee heard testimony from: Steve Aaron, member, Nuclear Powers Pennsylvania; Chad Trainer, legislative director, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO; Asim Haque, executive director of strategic policy and external affairs, PJM; Mark Szybist, senior attorney of Climate and Clean Energy Program, The National Resources Defense Council; Rob Altenburg, director, PennFuture Energy Center; Mandy Warner, senior policy manager of programs, Environmental Defense Fund; and Tom Schuster, senior campaign representative, Sierra Club.

Hearing video and testimony will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.