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Philadelphia launches $1 billion green jobs plan

Philadelphia is moving forward with an ambitious plan to create 10,000 “green jobs” over 10 years. It involves investing $1 billion in public and private money into energy efficiency projects in all city-owned buildings, schools, as well as 25,000 low-to-moderate-income homes and 2,500 small businesses. Energy efficiency plans are often billed as a “win-win-win:” clients save [...]

Shell asks for local support for chemical plant

On Tuesday night, township supervisors in Potter Township, about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, heard testimony on the impacts that Shell’s ethane cracker might have on their community. The supervisors held a hearing on the company’s request for a conditional use permit from the township, a necessary step in the company’s plan to build a multi-billion [...]

Audit criticizes local governments’ use of gas impact fee revenue

Pennsylvania counties and municipalities mishandled millions of dollars meant to offset the negative effects of the Marcellus Shale gas boom, according to a report published Tuesday by the state Auditor General. In one notable example, auditors say North Strabane Township, Washington County, spent $32,602 on recreational events and parties– including $7,500 on fireworks, $1,200 for [...]

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 [...]

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