The Marcellus Shale & Natural Gas in Pennsylvania

February 26th, 2014

As a resident or business owner in Pennsylvania, if you use natural gas to heat your property, you’ve likely heard of the Marcellus Shale. But how does natural gas from the Marcellus Shale impact your choices for heating? Keep reading to learn more about the relationship between the Marcellus Shale and heating with natural gas and how it can help you save money every month on your energy bills.

About the Marcellus Shale

The Marcellus Shale (also known as the Marcellus Formation) is located on the east coast and largely in Pennsylvania. It contains an abundance of natural gas reserves and is promising for domestic energy production and development.

Encompassing 95,000 square miles throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and New York, the formation is the largest source of natural gas in the United States and production has been rapidly expanding since 2008.

About Natural Gas Deregulation in Pennsylvania

Residential and small commercial natural gas has been deregulated in Pennsylvania for the past 15 years. In 1999, the Natural Gas Choice and Competition Act was passed and since then, Pennsylvania natural gas consumers have been able to choose their supplier. This has allowed homeowners and small business owners or managers to have the freedom to shop around for the rate and service they want—instead of being limited by the options offered by their local utility.

How Does the Marcellus Shale Impact Your Natural Gas Choices?

So how are these related? The Marcellus Shale is located in two-thirds of Pennsylvania and has become a great source for efficient and expansive energy resources—this is great news for consumers in a deregulated market like you. With production rapidly increasing, the supply of natural gas exceeds the demand throughout the state and has actually turned Pennsylvania into a net exporter of natural gas.

Abundant and consistent supply helps natural gas suppliers, like UGI EnergyLink, keep rates lower and helps you save money on monthly energy bills. This allows natural gas to remain the best choice of heating fuel for your home or small business—it can continue being:

  • Affordable
  • Energy efficient
  • Reliable
  • The cleanest fossil fuel

Learn more about the benefits natural gas for deregulated markets »

Switch to UGI EnergyLink’s Residential & Commercial Natural Gas

To take advantage of the cost saving benefits of natural gas in Pennsylvania’s deregulated market and the growing benefits from the production from Marcellus Shale, switch to residential or commercial natural gas services with UGI EnergyLink. We have over 127 years of experience providing outstanding customer service and affordable natural gas rates to our customers throughout Pennsylvania.

To get the opportunity to lock in a lower rate and save money on your monthly utility bills, contact us today