Energy

Abundant, reliable and competitively priced energy is a critically important component of a healthy business economy. Robust production, generation, transmission and delivery segments in the energy sector is 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.

The Pennsylvania 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. This can be best accomplished by the following:

  • Promoting competitive energy-related regulatory requirements, tax policy and a fair 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.