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.

Fighting Back Against More Taxes on the Natural Gas Industry

Another year, another PA Chamber-led fight against the Wolf administration’s efforts to impose another punitive tax on the natural gas industry.

For the fifth year in a row, Gov. Tom Wolf has singled out natural gas companies by proposing a severance tax. This year, the administration is proposing the tax to help fund an infrastructure-focused “Restore PA” initiative. The governor’s plan – which would be funded from the start by a $4.5 billion bond that would be paid back over generations – would tack an extra volumetric-based severance tax on to the existing impact tax. Together, this combined extraction tax would be among the highest in the country, and runs the risk of driving jobs and economic opportunity out of the Keystone state.

The PA Chamber is spearheading a coalition in opposition to this misguided plan. We believe that while infrastructure development should remain a priority, punitive energy taxes are NOT the best means to achieve this goal. The impact tax – which is competitive with other states’ severance taxes – has already generated more than $1.7 billion since it was implemented; and a majority of these funds benefit important community projects across all 67 Pennsylvania counties. In fact, 2018 was a record-breaking year for impact tax collections, with $252 million generated to fund many of the projects year over year that “Restore PA” would only be able to fund for a few years.

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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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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PA Chamber Statement on Recent Announcement Regarding the Future of the Constitution Pipeline Project

PA Chamber Statement on Recent Announcement Regarding the Future of the Constitution Pipeline Project

Feb 25, 2020 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement in response to the recent announcement that work on the Constitution Pipeline project has halted:

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PA Chamber: Aggressive Minimum Wage Hike, Overtime Rule Change Proposal and Severance Tax Would Increase Cost of Doing Business in PA;  Hurt State’s Competitive Edge

PA Chamber: Aggressive Minimum Wage Hike, Overtime Rule Change Proposal and Severance Tax Would Increase Cost of Doing Business in PA; Hurt State’s Competitive Edge

Jan 28, 2020 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding Governor Tom Wolf’s renewed calls to double the state’s minimum wage rate to $15, significantly expand the state’s overtime eligibility rules and for an additional tax on the Commonwealth’s natural gas industry:

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Study: Fracking ban would hurt Pennsylvania economy

Study: Fracking ban would hurt Pennsylvania economy

Dec 20, 2019 | Ellwood City Ledger

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Study: Hydraulic fracturing ban would be costly to Pennsylvania

Study: Hydraulic fracturing ban would be costly to Pennsylvania

Dec 19, 2019 | Pittsburgh Business Times

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PA Chamber Pushes Back Against Mayor Peduto’s Anti-Jobs Comments

PA Chamber Pushes Back Against Mayor Peduto’s Anti-Jobs Comments

Oct 31, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement in response to Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s comments against another petrochemical facility and the natural gas industry:

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PA Chamber Statement on New Jersey Segment of Penn East Pipeline Project

PA Chamber Statement on New Jersey Segment of Penn East Pipeline Project

Oct 16, 2019 | Tricia Harris

HARRISBURG Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement that he will refuse to issue pipeline permits to the Penn East pipeline project:

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Big greenhouse gas emitter moves to join climate initiative

Big greenhouse gas emitter moves to join climate initiative

Oct 7, 2019 | Allentown Morning Call

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Wolf moves to join climate initiative

Wolf moves to join climate initiative

Oct 4, 2019 | Ellwood City Ledger

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Big greenhouse gas emitter moves to join climate initiative

Big greenhouse gas emitter moves to join climate initiative

Oct 3, 2019 | Bedford Gazette

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Pa. to join 9-state climate initiative

Pa. to join 9-state climate initiative

Oct 3, 2019 | Pocono Record

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Pennsylvania moves to join climate initiative

Pennsylvania moves to join climate initiative

Oct 3, 2019 | GoErie.com

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Big greenhouse gas emitter moves to join climate initiative

Big greenhouse gas emitter moves to join climate initiative

Oct 3, 2019 | Delaware County Daily Times

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Wolf takes steps to lessen greenhouse gas emissions in Pa.

Wolf takes steps to lessen greenhouse gas emissions in Pa.

Oct 3, 2019 | York Dispatch

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Wolf moves to add PA to regional effort to limit greenhouse gas pollution

Wolf moves to add PA to regional effort to limit greenhouse gas pollution

Oct 3, 2019 | Johnstown Tribune-Democrat

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PA Chamber Statement on Governor’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Executive Order

PA Chamber Statement on Governor’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Executive Order

Oct 3, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement following Gov. Tom Wolf’s signing of an Executive Order to begin the process of entering the Commonwealth into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative:

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Letter: Energy legislation should be defeated

Letter: Energy legislation should be defeated

Sep 11, 2019 | Reading Eagle

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Letter to the editor: Bills would harm Pa. economy

Letter to the editor: Bills would harm Pa. economy

Sep 11, 2019 | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Restore Pa. initiative could have negative impact

Restore Pa. initiative could have negative impact

Aug 28, 2019 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Improved permitting, a key step in moving state economy forward

Improved permitting, a key step in moving state economy forward

Jul 7, 2019 | Williamsport Sun-Gazette

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PA Chamber Issues Statement on Closure Announcement of  Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery Complex

PA Chamber Issues Statement on Closure Announcement of Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery Complex

Jun 27, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement today regarding the announced closure of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery Complex:

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Business, civic group opposes natural gas tax

Business, civic group opposes natural gas tax

Jun 21, 2019 | Indiana Gazette

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PA Chamber Issues Statement on Finalization of Trump Administration’s  “Affordable Clean Energy” Rule

PA Chamber Issues Statement on Finalization of Trump Administration’s “Affordable Clean Energy” Rule

Jun 19, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement today regarding the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s finalization of the Affordable Clean Energy rule.

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Wolf administration continues to push Restore PA plan; GOP leaders punting to fall

Wolf administration continues to push Restore PA plan; GOP leaders punting to fall

Jun 11, 2019 | Central Penn Business Journal

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PA Chamber: Administration’s ‘Restore PA’ Initiative Threatens  Pennsylvania’s Competitiveness

PA Chamber: Administration’s ‘Restore PA’ Initiative Threatens Pennsylvania’s Competitiveness

May 15, 2019 | Tricia Harris

PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement in response to the Wolf administration's continued calls for an additional tax on the natural gas industry to fund the ‘Restore PA’ initiative.  This proposal would float a $4.5 billion bond in order to spend a few billion dollars in infrastructure related projects now, paid back over decades by higher energy taxes on businesses and consumers.

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PA Chamber Applauds State Supreme Court Dismissal of Appeal in Zoning Case

PA Chamber Applauds State Supreme Court Dismissal of Appeal in Zoning Case

May 15, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement today in response to the state Supreme Court’s dismissal of an appeal in the case of Dolores Frederick, et al, v. Allegheny Township Zoning Hearing Board. The appeal sought reconsideration of a Commonwealth Court decision that upheld a local municipality’s zoning ordinance to allow oil and gas drilling.  The PA Chamber had filed an amicus brief to the Commonwealth Court case representing the interests of its broad array of members.

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Pa. environmental regulatory review board OKs study of cap and trade

Pa. environmental regulatory review board OKs study of cap and trade

Apr 16, 2019 | Pennsylvania Capital-Star

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Pa. to review sweeping carbon-cutting proposal, despite opposition

Pa. to review sweeping carbon-cutting proposal, despite opposition

Apr 16, 2019 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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PA Chamber Urges DEP to Fully and Carefully Evaluate Cap and Trade Petition

PA Chamber Urges DEP to Fully and Carefully Evaluate Cap and Trade Petition

Apr 16, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Following the Environmental Quality Board’s vote today to accept for further study a rulemaking petition that seeks to establish an economy-wide cap and trade program, the PA Chamber urged the Department of Environmental Protection to carefully evaluate the far-ranging impacts of such a program.  In early April, the PA Chamber joined more than a dozen business and industry groups in sending a letter  to the board raising a number of policy and regulatory concerns with the petition – including its constitutionality and the impact that such a program would have on the state’s economy.

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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.