On July 2, 2015, SNL Energy, a research company, published an article assessing the use of natural gas in electric generation compared with the use of coal. SNL pointed out that coal is no longer considered as the top source of U.S. electric generation, having been surpassed by natural gas.
Based on EIA data for April 2015, the article stated that “natural gas drove 31% of all electric-power generation in April, up from 22% in April 2010. At the same time, the share of power coming from coal has fallen from 44% in April 2010 to 30% this past April.” SNL analyzed that new environmental regulations, lower gas prices and repowering of existing coal-fired power plants to gas-fired may have been the trigger for this coal decline.
The EIA data for April 2015 is available at: http://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/update/.
Written by Chloe Marie - Research Fellow