Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
RGGI is a market-based program that has a proven track record across states stretching from Maine to Virginia. It is improving public health and generating billions of dollars in proceeds to invest in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other job creation and consumer programs.
International events have made it clear that Pennsylvania — and the United States — must move swiftly to a clean energy economy that will lower costs, protect our national security, and secure our energy independence.
By joining Pennsylvania to RGGI, we can cap harmful carbon pollution from power plants and generate proceeds in the hundreds of millions of dollars per year for Pennsylvania. There are many reasons why joining to RGGI is right for Pennsylvania — see more information about some of those reasons below.
RGGI can help Pennsylvania families save money on their utility bills
States that have participated in RGGI have seen consumer electricity costs go down, while National costs have increased. RGGI Generates Proceeds that can be used to cut energy costs for families and businesses. RGGI states invested 54% of auction proceeds on energy efficiency to lower consumers' bills. That investment of $2.8 billion produced nearly $13.5 billion in consumer energy bill savings — a return of more than $4.80 for every dollar invested. Click here or on the image below to learn more.
Why Pennsylvania Can't Wait
Pennsylvania’s economy needs help NOW, and we can’t miss opportunities in the energy market’s transformation to new and cleaner technologies. RGGI will create 30,000 PA jobs & boost the economy by nearly $2 billion. Click here or on the image below to learn more.
A Market Approach to Addressing Climate Change
RGGI is a market-based program to cut carbon pollution & invest in our economy. This successful, bipartisan effort is already in place in 11 states, raising $3 billion to invest in energy efficiency and clean energy projects. Click here or on the image below to learn more.
Tangible Help for Coal Communities
Coal-powered electricity will plummet to 4% of electric energy in PA by 2030, with or without RGGI. PA has no state program in place to address the economic impacts of coal plant closures & conversions. But RGGI could help. Click here or on the image below to learn more.
Significant Business Support for RGGI
Companies employing thousands of Pennsylvanians support #RGGI as a successful tool to reduce carbon pollution & produce a stronger, healthier economy. Click here or on the image below to see what they're saying.
Proceeds from RGGI Will Help PA Families
Under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), power plants purchase credits or allowances based on the amount of carbon pollution they emit. The more they pollute, the more they pay. This will generate hundreds of millions of dollars annually that the state can use to create jobs, invest in frontline communities, and further reduce carbon and other pollution. Click here or on the image below to learn more.
Climate Change / Extreme Weather
Hurricane Ida damaged infrastructure and hundreds of homes in Pennsylvania while costing homeowners and businesses at least $117 million. RGGI would be an important tool for the state to tackle the problems that climate change makes worse. Click here or on the image below to learn more.
Frontline and Impacted Communities
Communities of color and low-income communities across Pennsylvania have long faced disproportionate harms from pollution. RGGI can promote environmental justice in those communities. PA needs to join to RGGI now. Click here or on the image below to learn more.
Protecting Jobs in the Nuclear Industry
Jobs at Pennsylvania’s nuclear power plants are important, and #RGGI will protect those existing nuclear plant jobs, while creating another 30,000 jobs across PA. PA should join to RGGI to protect PA jobs. Click here or on the image below to learn more.
Research shows that by joining RGGI, PA will have 639 fewer premature deaths from respiratory illnesses, 30K fewer hospital visits for respiratory illnesses, & 83K+ fewer lost workdays due to better health. For the health of our families, PA needs RGGI. Click here or on the image below to learn more.
Voter Support for RGGI
Did you know that 7 in 10 PA voters support the state's participation in RGGI. And 79% of Pennsylvanians support placing a limit on carbon pollution from power plants, as RGGI does. It’s time that we do what's best for PA families. Click here or on the image below to learn more.