Clean Power Plan Presents New Opportunities for Pennsylvania Energy August 03, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy, Energy, Environment, Press Release Harrisburg, PA –The Environmental Protection Agency today released the Clean Power Plan. Pennsylvania will use this as an opportunity to write a plan that could improve public health, address climate change, and improve our economy and power system. Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection will give all stakeholders every opportunity to provide input into drafting a Clean Power Plan that is tailored to fit Pennsylvania’s economy.“My administration is committed to making the Clean Power Plan work for Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “Working with the legislature, industry leaders and citizens we will create a plan to ensure these new rules are applied fairly, allow for adjustments, and that they create economic opportunities for the commonwealth’s energy economy. Today’s plan sets ambitious but achievable goals for reducing carbon emissions statewide and addressing climate change in fair and smart ways that takes into account legitimate concerns of all parties.”“Pennsylvania is a leader in energy, and we need to do everything in our power to advance the next generation of energy production while protecting jobs in Pennsylvania,” continued Governor Wolf. “Clean coal is a part of our energy portfolio, as is natural gas, solar, wind, and other sources of power, and all of this has to be part of a comprehensive strategy. My administration looks forward to working with industry leaders and legislators as well as citizens to find the right balance and develop and effective and responsible state plan.”Pennsylvanians will have multiple options for input as the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) formulates a state-specific plan to comply with the EPA rule. A public comment period on the EPA rule will begin in early September, with additional comment periods over the next three years as the Pennsylvania plan is drafted and finalized.“We will make certain that we craft a Pennsylvania solution that protects the state’s vital role as a net electricity exporter,” said DEP Secretary John Quigley. “Our strategy must ensure we are protecting our diverse resources and creating economic opportunities. We’ll explore different methods of reaching the required reductions, options of partnering with fellow states, and other considerations.”DEP staff have already begun assessing the implications of the Clean Power Plan through the National Governors Association Policy Academy, which is developing detailed economic modeling to find solutions that meet Pennsylvania’s needs. These modeling exercises will continue now that the details of the plan have been released.“Cutting pollution from power plants, utilizing natural gas, supporting nuclear power plants, increasing the amount of renewable energy in Pennsylvania, and improving energy efficiency statewide all can fight climate change and be an economic driver,” said Sec. Quigley. “When our businesses upgrade power plants, install solar panels or improve energy efficiency, that’s a win for the environment and a win for Pennsylvania’s economy.”The Clean Power Plan sets a nationwide goal of cutting carbon emissions by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030, with progress towards those reductions by 2022.“Pennsylvania is committed to achieving our target emission reductions, and we will develop the right tools and smart policies to do so,” said Quigley.The final EPA rule will be published in the Federal Register on September 4, 2015, and public comment will be available for the following 60 days. Public hearings will also be held across the state, with details to be released.
Former chairman of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Herbert Kwabena Amponsah Mensah has urged Ghanaians to rally their support behind the Black Stars of Ghana and cheer them to victory in ongoing 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.According to the President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), everyone should forgive and forget about what happens in Brazil and stand proud as a patriotic Ghanaian and support the 4 times Africa champions.The Black Stars are said not enjoying the massive support they used to get some time back ahead of their AFCON 2015 opener against the Teranga Lions of Senegal.This is as a result of their abysmal performance they displayed during the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup when government of Ghana had to airlift over $4m to the team camp to settle appearance fees of the players because they had refused to train on 2 occasions before Ghana played against Portugal in Brasilia.In an exclusive interview with Kwadwo Mensah Moshosho, the host of Asempa FM’s Ultimate Sports Morning Show on Monday, the experience football administrator advised Ghanaians to put their differences behind them and be patriotic enough to support Black Stars to victory“I will like to say that we are Ghanaians, let us put on the shirt of Ghana because it does not matter what you feel and how you about the players and the FA”. “This is the time we need to be patriotic and have to be proud as Ghanaians. We can have our discussions behind the scenes but for the tournament let us put on our shirt as Ghanaians; go out and support the team”. He added.