Marcellus Gas to Power Combined-Cycle Electricity Plant in NE PA

A very interesting latest-and-greatest technology is slated to be used in an electricity generating power plant in Jessup Borough (Lackawanna County), PA. The project will use locally produced Marcellus Shale gas from northeastern PA to power a combined-cycle electricity plant. Here’s how combined-cycle technology works: In the first pass, natural gas is burned and the resulting combustion turns a big turbine to produce electricity. The hot exhaust  from that process is captured to boil water, turning it to steam, and the steam turns a second turbine. Very efficient and far less polluting than other types of fuel.

More combined-cycle plants are planned for the greater Scranton-Wilkes-Barre area as well. As coal-fired plants continue to shut down due to strict new regulations from the federal EPA, something has to replace the lost power. Either that or turn off your smart phones and televisions. However, look for short-sighted nimby-types and anti-drillers to try and stop this bit of progress…

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