Pipeline infrastructure is helping to transport energy throughout Pennsylvania. Now with Mariner East 2, it’s even helping power homes across the state.
The Competitive Power Venture (CPV) Fairview Energy Center is a nearly $900 million 1,050 megawatt natural gas-fueled combined-cycle electric generation facility that is currently under construction in Jackson Township in Cambria County, slated to be up and running by 2020. Once completed the facility will power over 1 million homes and businesses. It’s an amazing leap forward in bringing reliable, economical and environmentally safe energy to the state.
According to Bruce Baker, a Jackson Township Supervisor, the key component to building this project in Cambria County is Mariner East 2, which will provide ethane to the plant as a fuel source. Mariner East 2 is “one of the opportune reasons the plant can go there,” Baker said. The ability to tap into that natural gas, is something that wasn’t possible before.
While pipeline opponents across Pennsylvania like to hide their heads in the sand as to the positive benefits that critical infrastructure like Mariner East 2 provide the state, CPV Fairview is a clear example about the benefits that the Marcellus and Utica Shale can provide so long as we have safe, efficient means to transport these resources to market. This is what projects like Mariner East 2 provide us. We must continue pushing forward and bringing vital energy to the people of Pennsylvania.