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Series Entry: StateImpact Pennsylvania's Turnpike Travels: PA's Energy Future

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | Feb 10, 2015 8:20 AM

If you follow the Pennsylvania Turnpike starting near Pittsburgh and head east toward Philadelphia you can see nearly every major form of energy from your car: coal, wind, nuclear, solar, and oil*. These tell a vivid tale about energy in Pennsylvania: its past, its present… and a future that might be shaped by new federal rules on climate change. StateImpact Pennsylvania takes a behind-the-scenes look at each of these energy sectors. Since StateImpact Pennsylvania focuses primarly on natural gas drilling, that industry was not included in the series. This entry contains three of the five stories produced for this series:

Story 1: Coal

Let’s take a 300-mile trip together along the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Going west to east, you’ll see sights like coal piles, windmills, cooling towers, solar panels, and refineries.

These tell a vivid tale about energy in Pennsylvania -- its past, its present and a future that might be shaped by new federal rules on climate change.

So grab an EZ Pass and join StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Marie Cusick as she begins our Turnpike trip with a look at… coal.

Air date: September 29, 2014



Story 2: Nuclear

It's day three of our journey this week along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, traveling east from Pittsburgh toward Philadelphia -- exploring nearly every major form of energy you can see from your window along the toll road.

As the federal government pushes for action on climate change, StateImpact Pennsylvania is taking a closer look at what's going on with each sector this year.

In the third installment of the five-part series, Marie Cusick visits Three Mile Island in central Pennsylvania - the plant has a conspicuous place near the Turnpike and in the history of the world's nuclear power industry.

Air date: October 1, 2014

Story 3: Solar

Today, we make another stop along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, traveling east from Pittsburgh toward Philadelphia.

So far on our journey, we’ve visited a coal mine, wind farm, and nuclear power plant. It’s part of our series looking at the past, present and future of Pennsylvania’s energy economy.

As the federal government pushes for action on climate change, StateImpact Pennsylvania is taking a closer look at what’s going on with each energy sector.

In the fourth installment, we tour a solar farm in Berks County.

A few years ago solar power seemed a good investment, but as Marie Cusick explains, the market has changed.

Air date: October 2, 2014

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