PITTSBURGH — The Third Annual Penn State Utilization Conference, in downtown Pittsburgh at the Omni William Penn Hotel, concludes today. Nearly 250 attendees from all over the country have participated in the annual two-day forum, jointly hosted by America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR) and the Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGICC).
Officials from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia began the day with a conversation on how their states’ economies and the environment are benefiting from increased use of natural gas.
“The innovative use of our energy resources will play a critical role in future economic growth, boosting employment and raising living standards for generations to come,” PA Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker said. “We have the history, workforce and entrepreneurial talent to create new markets, develop technologies and connect our businesses with the ever-growing supply chain.”
“This year was our third installment of the Utilization Conference and we could not be more pleased. Once again, we combined technical presentations with real-life applications enabling attendees to understand how they can take advantage of domestic natural gas,” said John Siggins, SGICC.
“When people think natural gas, they often forget how much of our daily lives the fuel touches. Yes, we cook and heat our homes with it, but few people, for example, realize the critical role it plays in our energy grid providing dependable electricity, or that it’s a key feedstock for almost every plastic good we have in our homes. The 2013 Utilization Conference serves as just one more way MCOR is working to bridge this disconnect,” explained Matt Henderson, Shale Gas Asset Manager, MCOR.
“Every day, Americans require reliable energy to commute to work, charge their phones and take care of their families. But how often do we take a moment to stop and consider where our energy comes from?” said ANGA’s Erica Bowman, vice president of research and policy development. “That’s why ANGA is hosting our ‘Think About Energy Summit Series’ that includes this year’s 2013 Penn State Natural Gas Utilization Conference. This event allows attendees to take that moment to stop and realize the path we are on toward a better energy future thanks to American natural gas.”
The final day of the conference includes concurrent tracks on natural gas as a transportation fuel, natural gas and the manufacturing renaissance, and Appalachian projects related to natural gas development.
The conference concludes with a keynote address from Eric Lee, Commodities Analyst, Citi Research, who will speak to how natural gas holds great promise for American energy security, and what the implications are of our nation’s energy renaissance.