Pennsylvania families don’t have to worry whether the lights will turn on or the heat will kick in, as local, affordable and reliable natural gas is making our grid stronger while delivering consumer savings and enhancing air quality.
More than $25 billion has been invested in natural gas electricity generation throughout the Appalachian Basin since 2016. This significant investment represents 29 new natural gas power plants that are either in operation or various stages of development.
In Pennsylvania, sixteen plants are either generating electricity or slated to come online soon. The Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station in Westmoreland County, for example, is slotted to begin operations in December, generating enough electricity from local Marcellus shale natural gas to power nearly one million homes.
Natural gas now generates one-in-three electrons in Pennsylvania, according to federal data, with consumers, our economy and environment benefiting.
These advanced natural gas power generation facilities represent:
- Hundreds of local construction jobs and a significant number of permanent jobs upon completion.
- Delivery of reliable and affordable energy to households and businesses throughout the region.
- Meaningful air quality improvements, as natural gas is a clean-burning, reliable fuel source.
- More than $1,200 on average in consumer energy savings for Pennsylvania households.
Here’s what they’re saying locally about advanced natural gas power generation:
$900 million energy plant opens in Lordstown
The plant is a 940-megawatt, gas- fueled electricity generation plant. It uses natural gas to provide electricity to about 850,000 households. “We are excited to serve customers with this state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facility,” said Robert Haley, LEC operations director. (10/10/18)
Jackson Elementary students tour the CPV Fairview Energy site
Construction of the Fairview Energy Center along Route 2-71 is ahead of schedule, about 30 percent complete. Mike Resca, the vice president of CPV said, “It’s drawing a lot from the local community,” Resca said. “We’re seeing a lot of uptick in business from all the local businesses, whether that’s food, fuel or lodging. Sometimes finding a hotel around here has been tough just because of all the workers who have been brought here.” (9/28/18)
Luzerne County Natural Gas Power Plant Comes Online
Using state-of-the-art technology, the plant will achieve the lowest possible air emissions and operate with “low noise.” The two-year construction period to develop the nearly $1 billion generating station supported hundreds of jobs and injected millions of dollars into the state and regional economy. (9/15/18)
Power plant on track for April 2020 opening
The Hickory Run Power Station plans to meet its commercial operation date in April 2020, and when completed, it will provide efficient, clean and reliable power to the area, said Brock Shealy, owner’s representative of the project for Tyr Energy. (9/3/18)
Tenaska’s gas power plant tries to hire local
“The will be able to provide enough power for about 925,000 homes in the PJM Interconnection market, which coordinates the delivery of power in all or parts of 13 eastern states, including Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia, the company said. In addition to 650 jobs during peak construction, the project has contracted with more than 100 regional businesses.” (4/11/18)