Amy Sisk

Amy Sisk reports for StateImpact Pennsylvania and WESA, Pittsburgh's NPR member station. She comes to Pennsylvania from another energy-rich state, North Dakota, where she told stories from coal mines, wind farms and the Bakken oil patch for Inside Energy and Prairie Public Broadcasting. Amy's stories often air on NPR, including those from the eight months she spent following the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. A reporting trip to the Bakken during its boom years sparked her interest in energy. Ever since, she's covered the industry -- from the way it is regulated to its influence on policy to its impact on people and the environment.

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Crews demonstrate Pennsylvania's one-call program Friday at a Columbia Gas training facility in Beaver County.

Early in the morning, Duquesne Light crews prepare their trucks for the day ahead installing new transformers, poles and auto-switches to reroute power around outages.

As more storms roll in, how will power companies keep the lights on?

Significant power outages have increased across the state. The Public Utility Commission warns that utilities might not be prepared to handle frequent severe weather.

By Amy Sisk

An abandoned well from the early 1900's spews oil into the Tamarack Swamp.

Anaïs Peterson, 20, used to play soccer at this field in Indiana Township that's close to the site of a new natural gas well pad. She's organizing a march in Pittsburgh focused on climate change, and is calling for officials to stop the expansion of fracking in Allegheny County, among other requests.

How young activists hope to make climate change a political priority

Young activists are organizing rallies on climate change throughout the county. The organizers in Pittsburgh want to mobilize people their own age who are passionate about the environment to turn out at the polls.

By Amy Sisk

FILE: A natural gas pipeline crosses the Tiadaghton State Forest.

Solar panels in Hanover generate electricity for the Snyder's-Lance snack company.

Report: Attracting solar farms vital to bolstering renewable energy

Clean energy advocates and environmental officials say bringing solar farms to Pennsylvania needs to happen if the state wants to significantly boost how much energy it gets from the sun.

By Amy Sisk

Richard Tumushime, an electrician with Pittsburgh-based Energy Independent Solutions, works with a crew to put the finishing touches on wiring a solar panel system at the new Forest Hills Municipal Building.

Michaux State Forest

Solar panels in Hanover generate electricity for the Snyder's-Lance snack company.

Solar installers in Pennsylvania weather tariff upheaval

Smaller-scale projects less affected by materials cost
By Amy Sisk

Cambria County residents Janice Eastbourn-Bloom and Rick Bloom installed solar panels on their barn rooftop in 2011.

Johnstown’s comeback could get an energy boost from the sun

Johnstown residents are looking to clean energy to help revitalize the community, which has suffered job losses and a drop in population.

By Amy Sisk
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