Total net U.S. electricity generation from natural gas and coal fell by 7.7 percent and 2.5 percent respectively in 2017 from the previous year, amid a corresponding increase in output from renewable sources, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Tuesday.
* Overall net power generation declined by 1.5 percent last year, pointing to lower demand, the EIA said in its monthly report.
* “Although natural gas continued to be most-used fuel for electricity generation for the third consecutive year, natural gas-fired electricity generation fell by 105 billion kilowatt hours in 2017, the largest annual decline on record,” the EIA said.
* This was also the first time since 2008 that both natural gas and coal-fired generation fell in the same year, the agency said.
* While about 9.3 gigawatts (GW) of new natural gas generating capacity came online in 2017, no new coal-powered generators were added for the first time in a decade. Read More…
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