Pennsylvania is the second-largest producer of natural gas in the U.S. and home to the largest unconventional natural gas field in the world, Pennsylvania is driving down energy costs and opening new opportunities for businesses and manufacturers. Over the past six years, the abundance of natural gas has lowered wholesale electricity prices over 40 percent. This has saved the average household nearly $1,000 a year with even greater savings for commercial and industrial customers. In addition, purchased natural gas cost rates have been lowered by more than 50 percent. Pennsylvania went from importing 75 percent of its natural gas just six years ago to being a net exporter of natural gas for the first time in 100 years.
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UGI services the Focus Central Pennsylvania region to provide natural gas. With more than ninety percent of UGI’s natural gas supply coming from the Marcellus shale, their customers are benefiting from this locally produced, plentiful, and lower cost supply.
The Marcellus Center brings together into one place Penn State’s considerable expertise and leadership on issues related to Marcellus and other gas shale development. As such, the Center is a valuable resource for the diverse group of stakeholders involved with or affected by exploration and production of natural gas.
Natural Gas Fired Power Plants – Hummel Station
- Largest Coal-to-Natural Gas Power Conversion Project in the United States
- Retired Sunbury coal-fired power plant to be replaced
- Plant will be fueled with Marcellus Shale gas; power approximately 1 million homes
- 1,124 megawatt facility to occupy 18-acre parcel of Sunbury Generation’s 192-acre Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone (KOEZ)
Natural Gas Pipeline Projects
Thousands of miles of new pipelines in Pennsylvania are planned to transport Marcellus Shale gas. The Energy Information Administration says that about 4,600 miles of new interstate pipelines could be completed by 2018. That’s on top of the 6,800 miles of existing pipelines as of April, 2014.
“UGI Energy Services, LLC, plans to construct an approximately 35-mile pipeline to bring low-cost natural gas produced in the Marcellus Shale region to a planned 1,000-megawatt natural gas-fueled power generation facility near Shamokin Dam in Snyder County, Pennsylvania. The 20-inch diameter, steel pipeline will be designed to transport 200,000 Dth per day of natural gas. It is expected to cost approximately $160 million and to be in service in early 2017.”
Pennsylvania receives 80% of the average daily sunshine of Florida.
Pennsylvania is second only to California in the number of LEEDs certified buildings.
Central Pennsylvania has many incentives and initiatives to encourage the growth of alternative energy manufacturers and parts manufacturers. In addition, there are many programs to help you keep your energy costs at bay. Some of these are listed below. Please call us for more detailed information.
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
Roustabouts, Oil and Gas
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
Energy Employers in the Focus Central Pennsylvania Region
Region: Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union Countries
Regional Resource Links
- Energy Resource Center. The Energy Resource Center (ERC) is the Pennsylvania heartland’s center for renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and expertise. The ERC is launching a comprehensive outreach, training, and technical assistance program to help create a market for energy efficiencies and pollution prevention practices in our region. They also plan hope to be able to provide training and technical assistance to private sector technical service providers to help meet needs in the emerging “green economy.”
- Sustainable Energy Fund. The Sustainable Energy Fund (SEF) develops and invests in economically viable, energy-related businesses, projects and educational initiatives to create innovative, market-based technologies and solutions for environmentally sound and sustainable energy usage with a focus on central and eastern PA. SEF provides financial assistance and attractive funding options including: commercial loans and business partnerships.
- Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority Grant. Guidelines and applications are available at www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: PEDA. GUIDELINES INTRODUCTION, CONDITIONS & ELIGIBILITY. The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) is offering funding for innovative, advanced energy projects, and for businesses interested in locating or expanding their alternative energy manufacturing or production operations in the commonwealth. PEDA will consider projects such as the manufacturing of alternative energy or energy efficiency equipment or materials; the development of innovative new alternative energy or energy efficiency technologies; the generation of alternative energy or the production of alternative fuels; or the implementation of energy efficiency/demand side projects.
Regional University and Research Center Links
- Penn State University BioMass Center
- Penn State Renewable and Alternative Energy Center
- Penn College of Technology Developments in Green Technology
- Penn College of Technology Workforce Development Natural Gas Coursework
Sampling of Regional Sustainable Energy Businesses
Solair – a private energy conservation and renewable energy company dedicated to helping consumers and businesses use solar energy.
ASETsolar – a private company specializing in design and installation of solar energy and other clean energy systems in Pennsylvania and surrounding areas as well as offering customers access to renewable energy rebates that can cover up to half the cost of solar electric systems.
State Resource Links
- Pennsylvania Wind
- Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) for Pennsylvania
- DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Information for Pennsylvania
- PA Office of Technology and Energy Deployment works with citizen’s groups, businesses, trade organizations, local governments and communities to help them reduce pollution and save energy. Part of that effort includes encouraging the deployment and use of innovative environmental and advanced energy technologies, including renewable energy.
- Renewable Energy Program — Geothermal and Wind Projects. The Renewable Energy Program provides financial assistance in the forms of grants and loan funds to promote the use of alternative energy in the Commonwealth. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under the direction of CFA.
- Why Do Business in PA – Reduce Energy Costs – Testimonial from businesses that relocated to Pennsylvania to reduce their energy costs by 40%.
Citing the urgent need to cut energy costs, move toward energy independence and stimulate the economy, Pennsylvania is investing $665.9 million to push the Commonwealth into the top tier of states taking steps to cut consumer energy costs and significantly expand the alternative fuel, clean energy and conservation sectors. The plan is estimated to cut Pennsylvania’s energy bills by $10 billion over the next ten years.
Pennsylvania will continue to unveil a number of new energy conservation programs and alternative energy investment programs
- – Provides a 25 percent reimbursement grant, up to a maximum of $25,000, to enable Pennsylvania small businesses to acquire equipment or adopt processes that promote energy efficiency.
- Penn Future (Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future) – Provides extensive information on grants, funding and other sustainable initiatives in the Commonwealth. Their mission is to create a future for Pennsylvania where nature, communities and the economy thrive.
Federal Resource Links
- The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Research, Development and Engineering Command (TARDEC) and its National Automotive Center (NAC) support research on alternative energy technologies for Department of Defense and commercial applications.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory (NVFEL)develops national regulatory programs to reduce mobile source related air pollution, evaluates emission control technology, tests vehicles, engines, and fuels and determines compliance with federal emissions and fuel economy standards.
- ASES (American Solar Energy Society)
- NESEA (North East Sustainable Energy Association)
- RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network)