Pennsylvania now has a second major power plant supplying affordable electricity to 1 million homes by tapping the Marcellus Shale directly below.
Panda Power Funds this week flipped the switch on its Patriot generating station in Lycoming County with a commissioning event at the state-of-the-art plant. The 829-megawatt plant joins Panda’s Liberty station – commissioned just weeks before in Bradford County – and will soon be complemented by the even larger Hummel Station under construction in Sunbury.
Here’s some of the buzz on Patriot and how it’s using game-changing, American-produced shale gas to power Pennsylvania:
“Energy Plant Powers Up in County”
“Today is not only an amazing day for Clinton Township, but for America,” said Martin Tartibi, senior executive vice president of energy solutions for Siemens. “This uses the gas found underneath of us. And it does it in a clean way. Compared to the other power plants in the area, this is like taking 350,000 cars off the street. This contributes to America’s emergency as a global leader.” (11/17/16)
“Energy Company Flips Switch on Second Natural Gas Power Plant in Pa.”
According to an economic impact study the Panda Patriot plant will contribute an estimated $5.85 billion to the area’s economy in the now-past construction phase and the facility’s first 10 years of operation. More than 1,000 jobs were created to construct the Patriot power plant with approximately 650 at peak construction. (11/17/16)
“Plant in Lycoming County Provides Power to Millions”
Randy Martin doesn’t just live near the plant, he helped build it. “The technology they are using over there is something really special and I was actually really happy to be a part of it,” said Martin. (11/16/16)