Put it in the books

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Pennsylvania will be publishing the regulation entering the state into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative this Saturday, according to a court document published Monday . That would put the state on track to start levying a price on carbon for power sector polluters starting July 1, though further legal challenges to the state’s participation are widely expected. Pennsylvania would be the first major energy-producing state to join the initiative.

An injunction that had temporarily blocked Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration from joining RGGI was lifted April 11, clearing the way for the state’s Legislative Reference Bureau to publish the regulation. That injunction came a day after legislative Republicans and a handful of Democrats failed to override the governor’s veto on a resolution that would have killed RGGI.

Republicans argue Wolf has usurped the Legislature’s authority by joining the program, which charges power sector polluters for the carbon they emit, via executive action. Wolf says the administration has the power to levy a fee on polluters to regulate air quality in the state.