Governing Law and Regulations
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC)
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance
DEP Bureau of Oil and Gas Management
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. To date, the federal government's involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation. However, Pennsylvania state legislation has established a renewable energy portfolio standard.
Hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking," is permitted in the state, and hydraulic fracturing operators must obtain permits and follow other regulatory operational requirements.
• Administration and enforcement. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission administers the state's renewable energy portfolio standard with support from the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance. The DEP's Bureau of Oil and Gas Management regulates hydraulic fracturing in the state.
Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard
66 Pa. Stat. 2814, 73 Pa. Stat. 1648.1 to 1648.8, and 52 Pa. Code 75.61 to 75.70
Pennsylvania has passed alternative energy portfolio statutes that call for incremental increases in the utilization of alternative energy resources until a total of 18 percent of power generation in 2020 is from alternative energy resources. Each electric distribution and electric generation company that sells electricity to customers in Pennsylvania must utilize alternative energy resources as listed in the