NatGas is Killing Coal in Electric Generation Market – 2015 is Proof

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), our favorite government agency, recently made an earth-shattering prediction. The EIA predicts that in 2016 natural gas will produce 33.4% of all electricity produced in the U.S., and coal will produce 32%. That is the first time, ever, that natgas will produce more electricity than coal for the entire year. There have been months when natgas surpassed coal in electric production, but starting this year natgas will dethrone king coal. And it’s no wonder. In 2015 some 80% of all retired electric plants were coal plants–mostly because of Obama’s war on coal via the EPA with strict new air standards that forced many older plants to close. However, the question is, will it continue? Natgas prices are really low right now. If those prices begin to rise again, coal may come roaring back…

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