Penn­syl­va­nia to move for­ward on power plant emis­sion caps

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Gov. Tom Wolf’s ad­min­is­tra­tion says it will start work­ing to bring Penn­syl­va­nia into a re­gional con­sor­tium that sets a price and caps on green­house gas emis­sions from power plants.

Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials said Wolf will make the for­mal an­nounce­ment Thurs­day that he’s or­der­ing a start to the process of join­ing the Re­gional Green­house Gas Ini­tia­tive, a con­sor­tium of north­east­ern and mid-At­lantic states.

Wolf’s aides have ap­proached top law­mak­ers in re­cent months about pass­ing leg­is­la­tion to au­tho­rize the move, with­out suc­cess. How­ever, Wolf’s ad­min­is­tra­tion also has main­tained that it can write reg­u­la­tions for the cap-and-trade pro­gram un­der its ex­ist­ing au­thor­ity to reg­u­late air pol­lu­tion.

The Demo­crat’s move is part of his ef­fort to fight cli­mate change in the na­tion’s No. 3 elec­tric power state and could mean the worst-pol­lut­ing power plants must pay hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars to the state an­nu­ally.

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