Philadelphia’s Energy Transitions: A Short History

As the first fossil fuel state, Pennsylvania led the United States toward an energy-intensive economy, a technological pathway with planetary consequences. Surprisingly, given this significance, the fossil fuel history of the Commonwealth’s leading city has never been told comprehensively, much less related to Philadelphians in an accessible way. In this project which is part of a larger project, “Petrosylvania”, students are tasked with writing eight essays about the history of the energy transition in Philadelphia.

Jared Farmer

Professor of History
Jared Farmer is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History in the School of Arts and Sciences.