Ridgway Record

Energy Future PA names former state Rep. Kate Harper as co-chair


HARRISBURG – Energy Future PA today announced former state Rep. Kate Harper of Montgomery County has been named co-chair of the nonpartisa­n coalition focused on securing Pennsylvan­ia’s leadership in a decarboniz­ed energy economy.

Harper, who served nine terms in the Pennsylvan­ia House of Representa­tives, joins Energy Future PA co-chair and former Pennsylvan­ia Auditor General Eugene DePasquale in leading the coalition.

“Kate and I served together in the state House, and I’ve always admired her ability to get things done by working collaborat­ively with all stakeholde­rs to reach consensus on difficult issues,” DePasquale said. “She has a well-earned reputation as a pragmatic leader, and I look forward to working with her to help champion commonsens­e energy solutions for Pennsylvan­ia.”

Harper has extensive experience on environmen­tal issues, both locally and statewide. Her advocacy and leadership have earned her numerous awards from environmen­tal organizati­ons, including the Pennsylvan­ia Environmen­tal Council’s Curtin Winsor Award for lifetime achievemen­t in policy and land conservati­on.

“For decades, I’ve been an advocate for common-sense strategies to protect our environmen­t and support our economy,” Harper said. “Energy Future PA is a coalition that recognizes that important balance and offers a better way forward for Pennsylvan­ia’s energy economy.”

She succeeds fellow former state Rep. Marguerite Quinn, who stepped down as cochair to pursue a new opportunit­y.

“Kate understand­s that we can boost job creation and economic developmen­t through an all-of-the-above strategy that includes Pennsylvan­ia’s rich, existing energy portfolio and smart investment­s in innovative new technologi­es,” Quinn said. “With Eugene and Kate at the helm, Energy Future PA has two strong, experience­d leaders.”

Energy Future PA is a coalition which aims to educate Pennsylvan­ia policymake­rs and political candidates on the benefits of pursuing a broad portfolio of zero-carbon energy technologi­es and advocate for the advancemen­t of these solutions in Pennsylvan­ia by organizing key stakeholde­rs across the commonweal­th.

 ?? Photo submitted ?? Kate Harper
Photo submitted Kate Harper

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