The shale gas boom no doubt fueled Pennsylvania’s most recent rise to national energy prominence. Well production reaches record levels with each report and will likely top 4 trillion cubic feet this year.
The state’s role in powering the nation runs deeper than the Marcellus and Utica shale formations, though.
Two of the three most productive coal mines in the country call Pennsylvania home. They help feed an electricity sector that produces the third most power in the nation. So do the reactors at five plants that make Pennsylvania second only to Illinois in nuclear power generation.
Now generators from New England to the Carolinas are switching to natural gas and need new pipeline connections to the Marcellus and Utica.
The Keystone State is powering the grid, thanks to the success of natural gas, coal, nuclear and utility companies centered in Western Pennsylvania.
The stories behind that success have a new home at Trib Total Media.
On the Grid, premiering Monday in print and at triblive.com, will bring readers a fresh, multimedia view of the energy sector. Every other week, our pages will deliver new insight into the people, markets and issues driving the industry.
Every day, visitors to the new Web page can find breaking news and more in-depth stories from Trib Total Media and other reliable sources. Online readers can connect with energy voices through social media, explore interactive maps, see the latest video from the field and find out where shale rigs are drilling.
Here on the Flowback blog, we’ll bring stories together with deep perspective from industry sources.
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In the meantime, this week promises to be a busy one.
Leaders of the coal industry that has called Pennsylvania home for more than 200 years will gather Downtown for two days of networking and workshops. Expect the tough international market and even tougher environmental rules on power plants to dominate many talks.
The Marcellus Shale Coalition’s annual Shale Insight conference will return home from a few years in Philadelphia and bring with it big names in politics and political analysis. A celebration of Marcellus drilling’s 10th birthday is in order, between plenty of panel discussions.
And as that conference wraps up here on Thursday, an important policy discussion will begin in Harrisburg. The Department of Environmental Protection’s Technical Advisory Board will talk about big changes in state oil and gas regulations, including a split in rules for conventional and unconventional drillers prompted by a budget bill in July.
Watch the board meeting online at dep.state.pa.us. And, of course, watch for updates On the Grid.