Evergreen Statement on Gov. Shapiro’s Proposed Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards

Today, Gov. Josh Shapiro announced a new proposal to accelerate clean energy deployment in Pennsylvania. The proposed reforms to the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS) would increase alternative energy requirements to 50 percent by 2035, from the previous standard’s 10.5 percent requirement. At least 35 percent of that energy would need to come from Tier 1 sources.

In response, Evergreen Action State Program Director Justin Balik released the following statement:

“Today’s announcement is a promising first step to significantly scale up clean energy in the Commonwealth and we look forward to Governor Shapiro’s continued efforts in securing Pennsylvania’s leadership in the rapidly growing clean energy economy.

“In 2022, Pennsylvania only generated 3 percent of its electricity from renewable sources and 35 percent from carbon-free sources. Under this new proposal, the Commonwealth would likely increase those totals to at least 40 percent and 70 percent, respectively, by 2035. Achieving these proposed standards would not only slash emissions but also catalyze an economic boom in the state. Building out the necessary infrastructure to meet these targets will create new jobs, capture federal tax credits from the IRA, and lower energy costs for Pennsylvania consumers and businesses.  

“It’s imperative that this proposal advances in the legislature without delay. Otherwise, Pennsylvania is at risk of being left behind. Building out more clean energy will be essential for Pennsylvania to keep up with the other states in the region that are already quickly overtaking the Commonwealth in maximizing federal funds, growing their clean energy economies, and creating well-paying jobs in their communities.”