With three coal-fired electric generation plants in Indiana County, there is no question that coal, along with natural gas, has been an important driver of the local economy in this central western region of Pennsylvania.
But the economic leaders of Indiana County also know a good new opportunity when they see one—and that is why the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce and others are positioning the county to attract more renewable energy technologies.
“We have an opportunity to attract new jobs and investment in our region with clean energy, all while continuing to support our existing energy resources that have helped make Indiana County what it is today,” said Chamber of Commerce President James Struzzi II.
Struzzi is on the steering committee of a Sustainable Economic Development Task Force, spearheaded by the Indiana County Commissioner’s office, and sponsored by the Indiana County Economic Development team. The task force is working on an action plan to drive more renewable energy use in the County.
The Chamber is also helping to facilitate a 2018 Sustainable Economy Summit that that recognizes that clean vehicles, grid development, energy efficiency and battery storage are among the fastest growing industries in the country. And in Pennsylvania, renewable energy jobs are growing faster than jobs in fossil fuel.