CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - America has a big appetite for foreign oil, but Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty says the state has a plan to add more homegrown energy to its diet.
The PennSecurity Fuels Initiative was a project to encourage the use of renewable energy that McGinty outlined during a speech Thursday at Wilson College. The goal is to produce 900 million gallons of transportation fuels a year within the next decade, she said.
"We would grow and use the same amount of fuel we currently import from the Persian Gulf," McGinty told a group of about 60 students and area residents. The program will keep billions of dollars in Pennsylvania that would otherwise go "into the hands of some people who don't think very kindly of us," she said.
Pennsylvania is a net exporter of soybeans and McGinty said much of the state's renewable fuels production will be biodiesel. She said biodiesel production, in which several companies in the state are involved, could reach 40 million gallons within a year.