The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection released its draft update to the 2009 plan to reduce greenhouse gas reductions just before Christmas. This document, delivered one year past the deadline of December 2012, was created by a 15-person committee representing industry, government and nonprofits.
While the 2009 plan established a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2020, the update does not include an emissions reduction target. Instead, it provides a compilation of work plans for reducing emissions in the state.
While the plan does recommend improvements in building energy efficiency to reduce emissions, it does not place an emphasis on increasing renewable energy production. Instead, it proposes expanding natural gas pipelines to provide access to more areas of the state. It also focuses on capturing methane produced during mining operations.