Senators cheer passage of 'Farming First' package, even as agencies express concerns about two bills

Senators cheer passage of 'Farming First' package, even as agencies express concerns about two bills

Senators cheered Wednesday the passage of a series of bills designed to boost Pennsylvania’s farming community, even as Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration has expressed opposition to two of the key measures.

The “Farming First” package cleared the Senate earlier this week, part of what Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) called a necessary way to help the state’s largest industry during a turbulent time.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Legislative effort fails to save Three Mile Island

Legislative effort fails to save Three Mile Island

Despite a last-minute effort from lawmakers to subsidize struggling nuclear power plants, Exelon Generation has announced that the last remaining nuclear reactor at Dauphin County’s Three Mile Island power plant will shut down at the end of September.

The future of Three Mile Island has been at the center of a debate in the General Assembly on two bills that would have subsidized nuclear power plants in Pennsylvania by adding them to the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act. 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Senators aim to update state’s alternative energy portfolio with increased requirements, nuclear power

Senators aim to update state’s alternative energy portfolio with increased requirements, nuclear power

A bipartisan group of senators are hoping their respective bills will put Pennsylvania on the path to an alternative energy-powered future by updating the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards.
 
Senators Art Haywood (D-Montgomery), Tom Killion (R-Delaware) and Steve Santarsiero (D-Bucks) unveiled a bill that would increase the requirement of alternative energy sold in the state under Tier I of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act (AEPS) from 8 percent to 30 percent.
Thursday, April 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Nuclear debate heating up in General Assembly

Nuclear debate heating up in General Assembly

The debate on a bill that would require energy companies to purchase alternative energy credits from renewable energy sources — including nuclear power — is poised to be a fiery one next week as the House Consumer Affairs Committee holds their first hearing on the bill sponsored by Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) that could save Pennsylvania’s nuclear power industry.
 
Mehaffie’s bill creates a third tier in the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act, which requires energy distribution companies to purchase certain percentages of power from alternative sources. Opponents of the bill believe it would result in ratepayers subsidizing nuclear power companies, but Mehaffie maintains that the bill is necessary to keep energy rates low in Pennsylvania. 
Thursday, April 4, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Minimum wage hike, recreational pot earn wide support in new statewide poll

Minimum wage hike, recreational pot earn wide support in new statewide poll

Nearly 70 percent of Pennsylvanians express some support for raising the state’s minimum wage and over half are in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana, according to a poll released by Franklin and Marshall University Thursday.

State Democrats will hope those data points could indicate public support is behind them in their uphill battle to push Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour, as well as a possible fight to legalize recreational marijuana in the commonwealth.
Thursday, March 28, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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