Just Released the US Department of Energy – The Appalachian Energy and Petrochemical Renaissance An Examination of Economic Progress and Opportunities

Prepared by
Department of Energy
With contributions by
Appalachian Regional Commission
Army Corps of Engineers
Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Department of Labor
Department of Transportation
Small Business Administration


Building on the foundation of the shale gas revolution, Appalachia is on the cusp of an energy and petrochemical renaissance. This renaissance has gained momentum over the past 2 years and it offers renewed promise to a region of the country that would benefit from further economic gains. There are also substantial opportunities in manufacturing.
As energy infrastructure expands in Appalachia, the manufacturers and consumers of the industrial Midwest, New England, and the East Coast have an opportunity to benefit from low-cost energy and energy-related products, such as petrochemicals, produced in Appalachia. This enables Appalachia and these surrounding regions to be more competitive in the national and global marketplace, create jobs and sustain a higher quality of life. (More)US Dept of Energy Appalachian Report