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Pennsylvania energy facts and figures

Pennsylvania has been a leader in the energy industry for since the mid-20th century. Today, it is one of the largest producers of coal, selling 50 of its product to other states along the East Coast and in the Midwest. Pennsylvania also holds the honor of being the leading petroleum-refining state in the Northeast, and contains the first commercial oil well in Titusville. Finally, Pennsylvania ranks second in the country in nuclear power generation, with the first commercial U.S. nuclear plant opened in Shippingport in 1957. Memories of the Three Mile Island tragedy in 1979 still linger, but the aftermath of that accident led to numerous new regulations and policies which ensure safety today.In addition to these traditional energy sources, Pennsylvania also has plenty of options for clean energy production. In the Susquehanna and other river regions, hydropower is a viable alternative. In the higher mountain regions, including the Appalachian and Allegheny ranges, there is plenty of wind to power turbines and mills.Two months ago, in April, Pennsylvania’s crude oil cost was almost 5 below the U.S. average. Its contribution to most national reserves is average, with 1.5 of Dry Natural Gas and 2.9 Recoverable Coal Mines. However, the state holds 11.6 of the country’s Natural Gas Producing Wells.Pennsylvania continues to be a leader in many energy industries, and the EPA assists by helping to regulate the Gas and Electric sectors. With the Energy Association’s help, Pennsylvanians enjoy cheap and efficient energy and are kept up-to-date on current news and events which could impact the industry. In addition, Pennsylvania boasts one of the most competitive markets in the country, and according to a recent poll by the New England Energy Alliance, that’s just the way they like it.