UPDATE: Commonwealth Court’s Stay Expires, $800 Million Energy Tax to Take Effect this Weekend

Date: April 19, 2022

Governor Wolf has unilaterally pushed for Pennsylvania’s entrance into RGGI.

On Monday, April 4, the Pennsylvania Senate failed to override Governor Wolf’s January veto of SCRRR 1, the concurrent resolution rejecting Pennsylvania’s entrance into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The veto override attempt was 32-17, a mere one vote shy of the constitutional two thirds requirement.

On April 5, the PA Commonwealth Court issued an order placing a stay on the Commonwealth’s entrance into RGGI. The Commonwealth Court’s order temporarily delayed the publication of the regulation until further order of the court.

On April 18, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court’s stay, which temporarily halted the implementation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in Pennsylvania, expired, clearing the path for the regulation to be published and implemented.

As previously reported, RGGI is a compact that imposes a carbon tax on electricity production. Governor Wolf has unilaterally pushed for Pennsylvania’s entrance into RGGI.

NFIB recently testified on the negative economic impacts this regulation will have on the small business community. “RGGI will impose extensive costs on the production of energy in Pennsylvania, and these costs will be passed on to ratepayers. Conservative estimates indicate electricity costs will increase by 30 percent.” Click here to read NFIB’s recent testimony.

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