Energy

Pennsylvania has long been an energy exporter due to our historic strengths in traditional sources such as coal, oil, nuclear and the growing natural gas industry. These forms of energy are key products of our Commonwealth, and the production of competitively priced energy helps fuel our economy and generates employment in the Commonwealth. The PA Chamber supports balanced policies that allow producers and suppliers from all energy sectors located in our Commonwealth to compete and that enable business to secure a reliable supply of energy produced and delivered on a competitively priced basis.

PA Chamber: Six Years and Counting of Defeating Harmful Natural Gas Industry Tax Proposals

2020 resulted in the sixth consecutive year that the PA Chamber and a broad coalition of statewide industries successfully defeated the Wolf administration’s ongoing calls to impose additional, punitive taxes on Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry.

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Forge the Future Initiative Focuses on Energy-Enabled Economic Growth

In the spring of 2018, the PA Chamber Education Foundation announced a partnership with Forge the Future, a project of Pennsylvania businesses designed to help the state advance and accelerate an energy-enabled economy based on the use of its world-class natural gas reserves.  The focus of the project is to engage business and other leaders across the state to unlock the economic potential of those gas reserves by building on initial economic development ideas and direction set forth in an econometric study: Forge the Future: Pennsylvania’s Path to an Advanced, Energy-Enabled Economy.  The Forge the Future analysis estimates this could mean more than 100,000 new jobs and billions in new state tax revenue as our energy and manufacturing sectors grow.

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PA Chamber: Anti-Growth Policies on State, Federal Levels  Driving Investment Out of Pennsylvania

PA Chamber: Anti-Growth Policies on State, Federal Levels Driving Investment Out of Pennsylvania

May 4, 2021 | Tricia Harris

PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement in regards to Pennsylvania’s burdensome regulatory environment and uncompetitive corporate tax climate driving investment out of the state:

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Agency bans fracking in Delaware River Basin

Agency bans fracking in Delaware River Basin

Feb 25, 2021 | Pennsylvania Business Report

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Agency permanently bans fracking near Delaware River

Agency permanently bans fracking near Delaware River

Feb 25, 2021 | Associated Press

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Natural gas provides materials to fight COVID-19

Natural gas provides materials to fight COVID-19

Feb 25, 2021 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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PA Chamber Statement on Delaware River Basin Commission Vote  to Ban Natural Gas Drilling

PA Chamber Statement on Delaware River Basin Commission Vote to Ban Natural Gas Drilling

Feb 25, 2021 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement in response to the Delaware River Basin Commission’s vote to ban natural gas drilling:

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Gov. Tom Wolf, now a lame duck, wants billions for workforce aid

Gov. Tom Wolf, now a lame duck, wants billions for workforce aid

Jan 28, 2021 | Associated Press

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 PA Chamber: Policies That Increase Cost of Doing Business in PA  Will Slow Economic Recovery

PA Chamber: Policies That Increase Cost of Doing Business in PA Will Slow Economic Recovery

Jan 28, 2021 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s announced priorities for the 2021-22 legislative session – which include enacting an additional tax on the energy industry and a government mandated wage increase:

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PA Chamber Issues Statement on Senate Passage of Greenhouse Gas Legislation

PA Chamber Issues Statement on Senate Passage of Greenhouse Gas Legislation

Sep 10, 2020 | Tricia Harris

PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement in regards to the Senate’s passage of H.B. 2025; legislation that requires a more deliberative process with respect to the state’s potential participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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Dept. of Energy report details petrochemical’s economic promise in Appalachia

Dept. of Energy report details petrochemical’s economic promise in Appalachia

Jul 8, 2020 | Pennsylvania Business Report

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PA Chamber Voices Disappointment with Cancellation of Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project

PA Chamber Voices Disappointment with Cancellation of Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project

Jul 7, 2020 | Lindsay Andrews

PA Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement after the announcement that Dominion and Duke Energy have cancelled the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline project:

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Comments to DOE re LNG Exports Study

Comments to DOE re LNG Exports Study

Jul 26, 2018

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Abundant, reliable and competitively priced energy is a critically important component of a healthy business economy. Robust production, generation, transmission, retail and delivery segments in the energy sector are essential for the Commonwealth's economic development efforts and its ability to retain existing employers.

Pennsylvania has long been an energy exporter due to our historic strengths in traditional sources such as coal, oil, nuclear and the growing natural gas industry. These resources are key products of our Commonwealth, and the production of competitively priced energy helps fuel our economy and generates employment in the Commonwealth. Energy costs can be a significant portion of any business operation’s expenses and, in certain energy-intensive industries, energy costs account for more than 50 percent of total operating costs. Competitive markets have been demonstrated to have delivered significant reductions in both energy costs and emissions.

The Pennsylvania Chamber supports balanced policies that allow producers and suppliers from all energy sectors located in our Commonwealth to compete. More broadly, the state’s energy policies must enable business to secure a reliable supply of energy produced and delivered on a competitively priced basis. This can be best accomplished by the following:

  • Promoting competitive energy-related regulatory requirements, tax policy and a fair and predictable permitting structure that are no more restrictive than federal law.

  • Encouraging greater use of domestic natural resources while using appropriate, reasonable, cost-effective and currently achievable environmental controls based on sound and verifiable science for energy development, power generation and delivery to market.
  • Supporting cost-effective energy efficiency.

  • Avoiding price controls on any energy sources.

  • Allowing the marketplace to select the most appropriate energy sources and avoiding governmental actions that select, force, or subsidize particular energy sources.

  • Reducing regulatory and other governmental hurdles to the utilization of all energy sources and to the implementation of energy infrastructure while ensuring appropriate environmental protection.