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|Coal and Natural Gas Reach Parity in April|
|Friday, 13 July 2012 13:09|
Recently published electric power data show that, for the first time since the Energy Information Administration (EIA) began collecting the data, generation from natural gas-fired plants is virtually equal to generation from coal-fired plants, with each fuel providing 32% of total generation. In April 2012, preliminary data show net electric generation from natural gas was 95.9 million megawatt-hours (mw-hr), only slightly below generation from coal, at 96 million mw-hr.
In April 2012, demand was low due to the mild spring weather. Also in April, natural gas prices as delivered to power plants were at a 10-year low. With warmer summer weather and increased electric demand for air conditioning, demand will increase, requiring increased output from both coal- and natural gas-fired generators.
For more information, please visit www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=6990.