By John Beauge
Available low-cost natural gas and a growing need for electricity add up to billions of dollars being spent to build generation facilities tin he Marcellus Shale region of northcentral and northeastern Pennsylvania.
Panda Power Funds of Dallas, Texas, is constructing two 829-megawatt plants, each capable of providing the power needs to one million homes.
IMG Midstream of Wexford has obtained permits for five smaller generating plants and has four more in planning stages.
The Marcellus Shale has been “a complete game changer in the United States,” said Bill Pentak, vice president of public affairs for Panda.
There is a need for power in the PJM interconnect, a regional transmission organization based in Valley Forge that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in all or part of 13 states and the District of Columbia, he said.
PJM spokeswoman Paula DuPont-Kidd agrees. There is a lot of power leaving the system, she said.