Lawmakers hope to breathe new life into nuclear power

Lawmakers hope to breathe new life into nuclear power

If proposals soon to be introduced Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) and Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) are received favorably by other state lawmakers, nuclear power could be added to Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (AEPS) Act, a program that requires a portion of energy sold by electric distribution companies and suppliers to come from alternative energy sources.
 
Aument said his bill would allow nuclear power to be recognized for its environmental benefits under the AEPS, which sets percentage goals for alternative energy production in the state. The bill could serve as a much-needed hand to two nuclear power plants that are scheduled to close in the next few years: the Beaver Valley power station in Beaver County and the Three Mile Island Generating Station in Dauphin County.
Thursday, February 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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With TMI closure ticking down, General Assembly looks into nuclear deal

With TMI closure ticking down, General Assembly looks into nuclear deal

State lawmakers and politicos are preparing for an early session fight over the future of Pennsylvania’s nuclear power industry, the second biggest in all fifty states.

“It’s the worst kind of legislative challenge,” Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), co-chair of the state’s bipartisan Nuclear Caucus said. “It’s complicated, costly, urgent and irreversible.”

Allies of the industry have coalesced around a report, issued by the Nuclear Energy Caucus, which projects significant environmental and economic problems if the state’s nuclear plants falter in the coming years.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Bipartisanship, involvement highlight state lawmakers' meeting with community

Bipartisanship, involvement highlight state lawmakers' meeting with community

How do neighbors rebuild community bonds and trust? The same ways politicians cross the aisle and get things done, apparently. Just start conversations.

 

Rep. Jared Solomon (D-Philadelphia) hosted Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) for a town hall meeting to address hateful rhetoric and violence Thursday evening in the Lawncrest section of Northeast Philadelphia. The event was a response to the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh last October.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Nuclear power legislative allies release report, call for state action to save industry

Nuclear power legislative allies release report, call for state action to save industry

A bipartisan group of General Assembly members, surrounded by cheering plant employees in a cramped Londonderry firehouse, released a report Thursday that called on their colleagues to take action and support the flagging nuclear power industry.

Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), a co-chair of the Nuclear Energy Caucus, laid out high stakes if the industry, which produces 42 percent of the state’s electricity, was left to perish as energy prices plummet, at least partially because of competition from natural gas.

“We’re not talking about a bailout, we’re not talking about a subsidy, we’re talking about valuing each resource appropriately,” Aument said. “Basing long-term energy decisions on short-term price...I think that’s foolish.”

Thursday, November 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Legislators praise the Senate for passing HB 2557

Legislators praise the Senate for passing HB 2557

Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin) was joined by Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) and Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) to share their excitement for House Bill 2557 passage by the Senate. 

This bill updates the way municipalities exit Act 47 and enables the city of Harrisburg to continue to balance its budget. Kim stated that the governor has agreed to sign the bill and she is hoping to see it on his desk by the end of this week or next week. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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