Power Production / Consumption Gap Narrows in PA

A study commissioned by the state of Pennsylvania, “Energy in Pennsylvania: past, present and future” concludes that there will be continuing narrowing of the gap between power production and power consumption within the state over the next decade. One victim of this shrinking gap will be power plants that use coal as the basis for the production of electricity.

One reason is that coal production is expected to decline about 25 percent between now and the year 2017. Currently, much of the state’s energy needs are provided by coal and nuclear energy producing facilities. With the increased use of natural gas in the production of electricity, it is expected that there will be an even distribution of energy production between the three sources during the next decade.

The study concludes, “Sound policy would promote greater energy exports, enhanced efficiency, an improved local and global environment, job creation, income formation and associated business development opportunities.”

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