Would House Bill 11 save Three Mile Island? Exelon says yes, but some lawmakers aren’t so sure

Would House Bill 11 save Three Mile Island? Exelon says yes, but some lawmakers aren’t so sure

Proponents of a bill that would add nuclear power to the state’s alternative energy portfolio and provide a ratepayer-funded subsidy to nuclear power companies argue that it could save the struggling Three Mile Island power plant in Dauphin County. However, during the second House Consumer Affairs Committee hearing for House Bill 11 on Monday, some lawmakers questioned how significant the bill’s effect would be, and whether it would actually save the plant at all.   
 
The Three Mile Island generating station is scheduled to be decommissioned this fall, barring aid from state government officials. Supporters of House Bill 11 argue that the legislation is necessary not only to keeping energy costs affordable and stable, but to also save the plant from premature retirement. 
Monday, April 15, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Right 2 Know Episode 2: Statute of Limitations, Nuclear Energy and Nerf Fights

Right 2 Know Episode 2: Statute of Limitations, Nuclear Energy and Nerf Fights

No guest this time, but Justin Sweitzer and Andrew Bahl break down the issues of the day on this week's episode of Right 2 Know. We focus on the debate over altering the statute of limitations for child sex abuse (including exclusive quotes from Rep. Mark Rozzi), tackle a bill to boost the nuclear power industry and have a bit of fun.
Monday, April 15, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's 3 under 3! 

From a newly appointed secretary to efforts to reform the state's statute of limitations for child sex abuse all the way to former governors pushing to add nuclear power to the state's alternative energy portfolio. 

Thursday, April 11, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Stakeholders raise the alarm on nuclear power

Stakeholders raise the alarm on nuclear power

Interested stakeholders packed the Majority Caucus Room Monday for a House Consumer Affairs Committee hearing on legislation that would add nuclear energy to the state’s alternative energy portfolio, an effort that supporters believe would keep energy rates stable while saving the nuclear power industry in Pennsylvania.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge was a leading voice in the hearing, offering a defense of the bill for the positive effects it could have on the environment and the Pennsylvania economy. 
Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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
Categories: News and Views
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