PENNSYLVANIA ENERGY SYSTEM

A detailed analysis is presented of energy supplies and demand in Pennsylvania for the base year 1972. Supplies of coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, and hydroelectric energy sources are identified and traced through the fuel cycle from extraction or import receipt through refining, transport, conversion, and end use, including exportation. Energy-consumption patterns are presented for five Pennsylvania demand sectors including electric utilities, industry, commerce, residences, and transportation systems. Efficiencies are presented for major energy conversion processes in the state, and energy use by each sector is disaggregated to estimate ultimate end-use according to specific groups or functions. The report also discusses the limitations of existing data sources as they affect the quality and level of available detail of energy flow estimates for various parts of the fuel cycle. Results of the present study can provide a useful tool for energy-related policy analysis in Pennsylvania, particularly when coupled with an auxiliary data base describing key technological, social, economic, and environmental factors associated with unit energy flows in any part of the system. While such an auxiliary data base does not presently exist for Pennsylvania, systems such as the comprehensive file developed nationally by Brookhaven National Laboratory can serve as a ueful starting point for assessing energy policy impacts and alternatives for Pennsylvania.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Carnegie Institute of Technology

    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Pittsburgh, PA  USA 
  • Authors:
    • Rubin, E S
    • Edelston, B S
    • Gunwaldsen, D S
    • Notary, K E
  • Publication Date: 1975-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 122 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00136580
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 13 1976 12:00AM