On the Move: Senate Bills 832 and 1058

Posted Mar 27, 2024, by Nina Victoria

SB 832 and 1058

The Senate has several bills on the verge of passing and heading to the House. A few could affect the future of energy development and a just transition for fossil fuel workers in Pennsylvania.

One of these bills, SB 832, would establish an Independent Energy Office in our state. This office would analyze laws, regulations, and policies and make energy-related recommendations. They would cover coal, gas and oil, electric power, energy efficiency, solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass, landfill gas, renewable gas, nuclear, and other energy technology. It is important to note that the agency should not be partial to any particular energy source or policy. Instead, they are supposed to guide our state leaders with data-driven analysis. This office could end up perpetuating the fossil fuel industry indefinitely instead of spurring the transition to renewable sources, so this is something to watch.

Another bill expected to move this week is SB 1058. This bill would repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative rulemaking and officially pull us out of the program. Without RGGI, PA would be without a solidified plan on how to generate funds that could be invested back into transitioning communities, while pushing us closer to our climate goals. 

A crucial part of our democratic process is our representatives hearing from their constituents. If you have opinions on either of these bills, we encourage you to reach out and make sure your representative knows what you think! It may inform how they vote.

As always, CCJ is monitoring these bills and more. Sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date!

P.S. SB 831 is also expected to pass the Senate and move to the House this week. Learn more about that bill and take action here!


  • Nina Victoria

    Nina Victoria is excited to join the CCJ team as our Community Advocate. She was previously our Policy Fellow. Before beginning work at CCJ, Nina graduated from Duquesne University School of Law, where she served as Editor-In-Chief of JOULE: Duquesne Energy & Environmental Law Journal and an intern for PA State Senator James Brewster’s office. Before law school, Nina attended the University of Washington where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. As a lifelong resident of Coal Center, PA, Nina is passionate about protecting the health and safety of the residents of Southwestern PA and our natural resources. Whether it is gardening, paddleboarding, or playing with her dog, when Nina is not working you will likely find her outside enjoying the fresh air. Contact Nina at nina@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org.

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