A State of Power: Pennsylvania’s Energy Platforms

Pennsylvania: a heavy-weight powerhouse in all things energy-related.  Two weeks ago, if you said anything about PA’s booming energy industry, I would sift through stories I heard from growing up in NEPA, an area abandoned by the coal-mining industry, then look at you confused and ask, “What do you mean?”

Well, I am happy to say that in the past two weeks, I have shed such ignorance.  I’ve learned that the energy industry is strengthening Pennsylvania’s economy.  I can thank my daily intern responsibility for this understanding. Every morning around 9 a.m. you can find me at my desk flipping through articles for the juiciest news in energy.  This consistent task has proven to be a great way to start my day.  I love pouring myself over the next action in the natural gas pipeline story, as I fuel myself with my first cup of coffee.

So for those of you who do not know much about what’s going on in the energy news, I will brief you on a few things I’ve found interesting this past week:

NATURAL GAS. This big boy is leading a fuel revolution in PA.  Drilling throughout the state could be responsible for Pennsylvania’s economic growth – providing 133,000 jobs projected for a consistent 50 year span, as I have learned from the New York Post.  Pennsylvanians also support natural gas drilling at a 2 to 1 margin.  Bravo’s own clients help provide this cleaner energy alternative: Southwestern Energy, UGI Energy Services and Sunoco.  These winning companies reinforce the idea that “Pennsylvania…is considered ‘the Saudi Arabia of natural gas.'”

WIND ENERGY. Thinking green? Think PA.  There are more than 20 wind power projects going on within our state alone.  Pennsylvania is actually home to the first wind-powered county in the entire nation: Montgomery county – my current home!  NRG, a Bravo client, will soon be gathering energy from the largest wind farm in America, Alta Winds in California.

ELECTRICITY.  Whenever you leave your iPhone charger at home, don’t you want to make a wish and rub your phone like a Magic Genie for a fully charged battery?  Well, that wish will soon be a reality.  I have recently found out from Electrical Contractor more about the innovation of using kinetic energy to create electricity, “…researchers have developed a device that generates electricity through contact and friction that might one day be used to harvest the energy from human motion to charge portable electronics and more. They designed a compact, lightweight generator consisting of a copper-plated disk that spins and rubs against a static base containing a layer of electrodes and a conducting surface. The device can harvest mechanical energy from a gentle wind, water flow and normal body movements.”

So while I prepare to close down my desktop at the end of the workday, I am glad to have been able to reflect on the importance of being better informed, especially in regard to all things energy-related in Pennsylvania.  If this is just my introduction to the world of energy, after two weeks, I have to say that I am hooked.  I’m proud to become a better-informed Pennsylvanian each day in this internship.

Aly Bartolomei

Bravo Group, Wayne Intern

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