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The BlueGreen Alliance in Pennsylvania has a strong local membership of labor, environmental, and community organizations working towards creating good jobs, while protecting our environment.
About the Pennsylvania BlueGreen Alliance
The BlueGreen Alliance in Pennsylvania has a strong local membership of labor, environmental, and community organizations working towards shared goals at the local, state, and national levels. Together, we identify ways today’s environmental challenges can create and maintain quality jobs and build a stronger, fairer economy.
From promoting clean energy and energy efficiency, to finding solutions to ensure a just transition workers and communities impacted by America’s energy transition, to protecting workers and creating jobs by reducing methane leaks in the state’s oil and gas industry, the BlueGreen Alliance in Pennsylvania is an active and potent force pushing for a strong, prosperous clean economy in the state.
CLEAN ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Clean energy is growing fast in Pennsylvania. The state ranks 16th in the nation in terms of the amount of energy it gets from wind power and is home to more than 547 solar businesses, making it one of the largest solar employers in the nation.
Energy efficiency is also an important economic driver in the state. In the near future, we will be releasing a menu of policies that—if adopted—would reduce energy use by 20 percent in our schools, hospitals and public buildings. This proposal would reduce energy waste by 68,000 gigawatt-hours, saving our state billions of dollars in energy otherwise lost, reducing carbon pollution, and creating and maintaining thousands of quality jobs for Pennsylvanians.
Methane—the primary component of natural gas—is a greenhouse gas that is many times more potent than carbon dioxide and the second largest contributor to climate change. Reducing methane emissions can reap economic benefits for workers and communities across the country. In Pennsylvania, we are working with state and local leaders to support standards for new and existing sources of methane in the oil and gas sector. An upcoming BlueGreen Alliance report will estimate the direct and indirect jobs that could be created every year in a variety of sectors, including manufacturing. It will also examine how full and continuing adoption of leak reducing technologies and practices could create tens of thousands of jobs over the first decade of full implementation of federal methane standards, which were established in 2016.
We need a thoughtful approach to expanding clean energy, improving energy efficiency, and making traditional energy generation more efficient. Pennsylvania’s energy transition has not come without pain to workers and communities. But we can take the lessons learned—for example, from the closings of the Hatfield’s Ferry and Mitchell Power Stations in 2013—and apply them to communities and workers impacted by this transition to ensure they are not left behind.
The state should undertake proactive policies and investments to protect workers and aid communities. These state efforts—coupled with the federal Power+ Initiative and other smart policies and investments by Congress—will help ensure the growth of Pennsylvania’s economy while addressing climate change.