Full Title: A Clean Energy Pathway for Southwestern Pennsylvania
Author(s): Joe Goodenbery, Eliasid Animas, Jennifer Gorman
Publisher(s): Ohio River Valley Institute
Publication Date: December 12, 2022
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This report describes the development and analysis of a clean energy pathway for a 10-county region in southwestern Pennsylvania. Due to its abundance of fossil fuel resources, the region has a long history of substantial energy production, often at the expense of local environmental quality and economic diversity. A transition to clean energy provides a compelling opportunity to transform the local energy profile, while ending the region’s over-reliance on fossil fuels, to reduce emissions and pursue a path of sustainable growth.
To date, the prevailing narrative for decarbonizing this region has centered around the perpetuation of the natural gas industry and costly investments in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies and infrastructure. Strategen’s analysis provides an alternative focused primarily on zero emissions resources, energy efficiency, increased electrification, and leveraging clean energy imports from outside the region, while minimizing the local need for fossil fuels.