Energy leaders from across the country came together to confront energy challenges facing society, including the Keystone State. 

More than 400 participated in Energy Days at the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel to discuss better solutions than what’s available today. 

The goal is to make Penn State the leading university in energy in the world. 

“We’re trying to have an energy system that’s clean, that’s affordable, that’s abundant, and it’s safe and renewable are part of that picture,” Tom Richard, Director, PSU Institute of Energy & Environment said. 

Richard said the natural gas industry has been an economic booster for the state, but has been stagnant due to demand. 

“Coal and fossil energy in general, including oil and natural gas are going to continue to be the basis of our energy system for decades into the future, even with rapid growth in the renewable, they’re not going to replace our fossil energy basis,” Richard said. 

Leaders in the energy field project that 50 percent more energy will be needed by 2040. 

Energy Days continues on Tuesday. 

Gov. Wolf is expected to meet with two state secretaries to discuss energy solutions in Pennsylvania.