Saturday, June 11, 2011

March EIA Data Show Energy Revolution Picks Up Speed

The March Energy Information Administration data shows that the shift to gas and renewables and away from coal-fired generation is quickening.

Nationally the nation generated 2% more power in March 2011 than in March 2010.  The growing economy over the period explains that number.

But where the power comes from continues to change quickly.

Natural gas generation was up 5% in March 2011 compared to March 2010.  Wind up 20%.  Hydro up 52% due to record rain.

And coal-fired electricity generation was down 6.9% or nearly 10,000,000 megawatt-hours.

These changes in how electricity is being made will lead to substantially cleaner air and water.  Loading of our environment with toxic pollution and heat trapping gas will decline.

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