HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources plans to run entirely on renewable electricity by 2030.
The department currently has 23 solar installation projects and 18 more in development or under construction. According to him, by 2030 it will produce about 15.5 gigawatt-hours and purchase another 13.2 gigawatts from renewable energy sources.
“DCNR’s commitment to sustainability is unparalleled, and we are proud to announce this critical step toward more sustainable energy use across our department as good stewards of our natural resources,” said Department Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “This agency undertakes a balanced strategic plan for the conservation, generation and consumption of energy for facilities that are critical parts of the operation of public lands.”
The state has 121 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forested land that receive about 42 million visitors a year, DCNR Deputy Secretary Mike Walsh said.
In 2021, the department said it has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 194 metric tons, equivalent to the emissions of a passenger car driven more than 480,000 miles.