Energy and Sustainability Policy
Program Office

Energy Law and Policy webinars

Pennsylvania is in the process of joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a voluntary multi-state compact aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the electric power sector. At the same time, Pennsylvania’s power grid is part of the PJM regional interconnection, so the decision to join RGGI will have implications for electricity provision across many states in our region. Join Dr. Joel Landry, a professor in Penn State’s John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering and an expert on the regional power market, for a discussion of how RGGI will affect the regional power market and Pennsylvania’s power generation fleet, which is one of the largest and most diverse in the U.S. Dr. Landry’s talk will cover: 

  • How PJM’s regional power market operates 
  • How RGGI works and how it prices greenhouse gas emissions 
  • The impact of the RGGI carbon price on power grid operations in PJM 
  • Insights from Penn State’s modeling of Pennsylvania power generation under RGGI – how might RGGI affect energy costs and the economic viability of power plants in the Commonwealth? 
  • The effectiveness of RGGI at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants from power plants in Pennsylvania and in the region 


Friday, October 02, 2020 

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact Beth Tamminga at 814-863-7091 in advance of the seminar.




Future webinars:  


Energy Law and Policy webinars to focus on Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative


Friday, October 16 

Wei Peng, School of International Affairs and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Penn State 

Understanding the link between RGGI, air quality and health outcomes”


Friday, November 06  

Daniel Walters, Penn State Law, Penn State 

“The legal environment for RGGI in Pennsylvania”


Friday, December 04  

Daniel Mallinson, School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg  

“How RGGI fits into Pennsylvania’s evolving energy policy landscape”