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State of Independence

Pennsylvania is known as the State of Independence, which originates from the fact that the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia in 1776. The state motto is “Virtue, Liberty and Independence”. Pennsylvania is home of the Liberty Bell. The state is also home to the cheesesteak sandwich, water ice, soft pretzels, and TastyKakes.

Pennsylvania is the next stop in our United States of Energy data series ranking number 39 in residential electricity prices averaging $12.70 Megawatts per hour. Major electric power plants include coal, hydroelectric and natural gas with coal and natural gas as the primary source of emissions in the state.

Did you know? The first commercial U.S. nuclear power plant came online in 1957 in Shippingport. Today Pennsylvania ranks second in the Nation in nuclear power generating capacity.

Other first for the state include: Pennsylvania is the first state of the fifty United States to list their web site URL on a license plate, the first daily newspaper was published in Philadelphia on Sept. 21, 1784, Betsy Ross made the first American flag in Philadelphia, and Pennsylvania was home of the first presidential mansion.

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