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Coal may outpace natural gas in electric power generation this winter

Coal is projected to surpass natural gas as the dominant fuel source in electric power generation this winter, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Until the mid-2000’s about half the electricity in the country was produced by burning coal, and 20 percent or less came from gas. But the recent boom [...]

Oil and gas jobs down sharply in Pennsylvania

Jobs in Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry dropped sharply in the first quarter of 2016, compared to the same time period last year, according to new data from the state Department of Labor and Industry. Overall, the industry shed about a third of its workforce, dropping to 20,524 jobs in 2016 compared to 30,313 the [...]

Natural gas and renewables will be ‘big winners’, says IEA chief

The head of the International Energy Agency said Thursday that Pennsylvania will be among the states that will continue to benefit from strong global demand for natural gas. He also said renewable fuels will see big increases in coming years as countries try to cut their carbon emissions to hit the goals of the Paris agreement. [...]

EIA projects higher natural gas prices and production in 2017

U.S. natural gas prices are expected to rise in 2017 on growing domestic consumption, increased pipeline exports to Mexico, and more exports of liquefied natural gas, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its Short-Term Energy Outlook Tuesday. The agency, part of the federal Department of Energy, predicted the spot price of natural gas will rise [...]

Wolf announces $24 million in grants for pipeline projects

Governor Tom Wolf’s administration announced Tuesday it would begin accepting grant applications to fund up to $24 million in projects to make natural gas available to Pennsylvania schools, manufacturers, hospitals, and other businesses. The Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE) grants will help construct the last few miles of natural gas distribution lines needed to connect supply with [...]

Marcellus Shale power plant commissioned in Bradford County

State and local celebrated the commissioning Thursday of what’s been dubbed the first “Marcellus Shale” power plant. The Liberty Power Plant in Bradford County is one of three natural gas plants being built in Pennsylvania by Panda Power Funds, a private equity firm based in Dallas, Texas. The company plans to commission its sister plant, [...]

New Jersey agencies and EPA add critiques to PennEast pipeline project

From our partners at NJ Spotlight: Several government agencies have questioned the need for and significant aspects of the PennEast project, a new 118-mile natural-gas pipeline already facing wide opposition from residents of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The proposed pipeline would bring Marcellus Shale gas from Northeast Pennsylvania, across the Delaware River, to supply New Jersey [...]

Construction begins on Sunbury pipeline

State and local officials attended a ceremony Wednesday morning to celebrate the groundbreaking for a 20-inch pipeline that will deliver Marcellus Shale gas to a new power plant in central Pennsylvania. The Sunbury Pipeline is being built by UGI Energy Services. It will begin in Lycoming County and travel 35 miles to feed into the [...]

Carbon emissions from natural gas expected to surpass coal

Carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas are expected to exceed those from coal for the first time in more than 40 years, according to data released Wednesday from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The EIA projects energy-related carbon emissions from natural gas will be 10 percent higher than those from coal this year.

Feds unveil new rules to cut carbon emissions from trucks

As part of its final push to combat climate change, the Obama administration has unveiled tough, new fuel efficiency rules for heavy duty vehicles.  The new standards will force manufacturers to reduce carbon emissions from big-rigs, tractors, garbage trucks and buses. Speaking to reporters about the move, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said there’s a lot [...]

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