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Philadelphia works to bring solar energy costs down to earth

Anthony LoCicero, a 33-year-old structural engineer raised in South Jersey, has been flirting with the idea of installing solar panels on his three-bedroom brick townhouse in South Philadelphia since he bought it, seven years ago. “Something about it just sounds like the right thing to do in general, right?” LoCicero said.  “But it just never […]

Pennsylvania natural gas production still growing, but pace has slowed

Natural gas production in Pennsylvania continues to grow, but its rate of growth has slowed significantly in recent years. During the first six months of 2017 statewide natural gas production grew by about 3 percent, compared to the same time period in 2016, according to Matthew Knittel, director of Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office (IFO). The IFO […]

Harvey causing gasoline price increases in Pennsylvania

The devastation from Tropical Storm Harvey along the Gulf Coast is starting to have a ripple effect on gasoline prices across the country. The storm has taken about 14 percent the nation’s refining capacity offline. The national average price of gasoline has started to rise, as major refineries in the Houston area have shut down. Patrick […]

DOE grid report says shale gas to blame for coal plant closures

The Department of Energy says coal and nuclear are still needed to support the nation’s power grid, and the main reason for coal plant closures results from abundant, cheap shale gas production. The report had been ordered by Trump’s Secretary of Energy Rick Perry who backs coal and has said solar and wind threatened the […]

More than 200 TMI, Peach Bottom nuclear workers laid off, for now at least

Exelon Corp. has laid off 296 contract workers at its three nuclear power plants in Pennsylvania, though it says those workers will be hired back under a new contractor. At Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in Delta, York County, 108 were affected, according to a notice filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. […]

As pipelines alleviate natural gas glut, prices rise for producers in Northeast

The growing network of pipelines from the Marcellus and Utica Shales means natural gas producers in the region are starting to earn more money for their product, according to an analysis from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Daily natural gas spot prices at three regional hubs in the Northeast are still below the Henry Hub national […]

After years of debate, severance tax saga continues

Pennsylvania remains the only major gas-producing state in the country without a severance tax. This fact has been a major sticking point in Harrisburg– for a really long time. Now state lawmakers are once again looking to place new taxes on natural gas drillers. A gas severance tax the Senate approved this week is expected to bring […]

Does offshore drilling have a future off the Jersey Coast?

Trump administration plans to review Obama-era policy on offshore oil and gas drilling, including areas off the coasts of New Jersey and Delaware, opened up to public comment Monday. And it’s likely the Department of Interior will get lots of pushback from beach communities along the Atlantic coast, including Maryland and Virginia. Interior Secretary Ryan […]

Abundant supplies of Marcellus Shale gas could lead to more chemical plants

Shell’s $6 billion ethane cracker in Beaver County could be the first of several large chemical plants in the region, petrochemical industry leaders and observers said at a conference in Pittsburgh Monday. That’s because there’s enough ethane being produced in the region to provide the chemical industry with the raw material without any additional drilling. […]

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