The Associated Press reports three new natural gas fired power plants are planned for Pennsylvania.
One of the plants will be located in Bradford County and the other two are planned for Tioga County. Construction could begin as early as next year.
Officials said at a Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission meeting Friday that each plant will cost about $20 million.
IMG Midstream, headquartered in Yardley, said nine sites are currently under development, including sites in Susquehanna and Wyoming County.
Company business development manager Matt Tripoli said most companies make power in large centralized plants and transport it long distances to be turned into electricity.
Most of Pennsylvania’s electricity is generated by coal (40 percent). Natural gas produces about half that, but it’s expected to take an increasingly important role in the coming years.
At the national level, the U.S. Energy Information Administration projects natural gas will overtake coal in electric generation by 2035.