Pennsylvania ranks 2nd in natural gas production for 4th year in a row |

Pennsylvania ranks 2nd in natural gas production for 4th year in a row

Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
Construction workers prepare a concrete pad for the Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station. The natural gas-fired power plant is expected to open by December and will supply power for up to 925,000 homes.

Pennsylvania was the nation’s second-largest natural gas producer for the fourth year in a row in 2016, the Energy Information Administration said Thursday.

The agency released a new set of state energy profiles , including the one for Pennsylvania . The profiles summarize energy states such as production by type of fuel and consumption by type of use.

Overall, the state — traditionally an energy exporter — was third in energy production and 27th in energy consumption.

The state was the third-largest coal producing state in 2016 and the only state producing anthracite, a high-energy type of coal. Pennsylvania ranked second in the percentage of its electricity (39 percent) that comes from nuclear power.

Brian Bowling is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1218, [email protected] or via Twitter @TribBrian.

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