The investment in expanding infrastructure to move natural gas produced from the Marcellus shale is having big benefits for northeastern Pennsylvania residents and businesses.
Senator John Blake joined us for this Power to Save segment to highlight some of the projects in the region taking advantage of the close proximity to the natural gas supply, like the $1.2 billion Lackawanna Energy Center project which will be one of the most energy-efficient power plants in the United States. Because of the investment in these kinds of electric generation facilities, businesses are seeing up to a 30% reduction in costs which they they can pass on to consumers. Plus, the close proximity to the supply of natural gas makes the Wilkes-Barre and Scranton areas very attractive for new businesses looking to come into the area as well as established businesses looking to expand their operations, hire another shift or expand their manufacturing capabilities.
But the good news isn’t just for businesses. The segment also highlights St. Francis Commons in Scranton which provides transitional housing, food and clothing for veterans which has a 5+ star energy rating. The facility burns natural gas and because of the lower cost, the money which would have been spent on energy costs can be redeployed into other programs to assist the residents.
Check out the full five minute segment below to learn more about how this abundant resources is benefiting Pennsylvanians every single day.