Climate Change/RGGI Public Hearing is Nov. 1 in Havertown

HARRISBURG, Oct. 25 – State Rep. Greg Vitali, D-Delaware/Montgomery, will host a hearing of the House Democratic Policy Committee on Nov. 1 entitled “Climate Change: Should Pa. Join RGGI?”.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is a 10-state cap-and-trade program designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the electric power sector.

“Pennsylvania is a major greenhouse gas emitter and joining RGGI would be perhaps the most important thing that the commonwealth could do to curb its emissions”, said Vitali, Democratic chair of the House Environmental Resource and Energy Committee.

On Oct. 3, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order directing that Pennsylvania commence development of a RGGI-compatible program.

The hearing will start at 10 a.m. at the Haverford Township Administration Building, 1014 Darby Road, Havertown, 19083, in the Commissioners Meeting Room.

Vitali will be joined by state legislators from across the commonwealth, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

Speakers include Franz Litz, principal, Litz Energy Strategies, LLC; Chris Hoaglend, program manager, Maryland Department of Environment;  M. Gary Helmlead market strategist, PJM Interconnection; Patrick McDonnell, secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; John Hangerpresident, Hanger Consulting, LLC; Mark Szybistsenior attorney, Climate & Clean Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council; Tanya McCloskey, acting consumer advocate, Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate; and Andrew Williamsdirector, Regulatory & Legislative Affairs, Environmental Defense Fund.

Representatives from the natural gas industry and the coal industry also have been invited.

This hearing is open to the public. Questions will be limited to members of the policy committee.

Those interested in more information can contact Sarah Iversen in Vitali’s district office at 610-789-3900.

Visit www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Policy Committee materials.

Media coverage is invited.

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