Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Gas Generation Market Share Forecasted To Fall 10% As Coal Rebounds

Natural gas prices bouncing back above $3.50 mean a sharp decline in natural gas fired generation next year, according to EIA.  www.eia.gov/forecasts/steo/pdf/steo_full.pdf.  The portion of America's electricity coming from natural gas is forecasted to decline from 30.6% to 27.2% or by more than 10% in 2013.

Natural gas will lose 3.4 percentage points but coal will gain 2.9 points of market share, rising from 37.2% to 40.1%.  The fierce competition between coal and gas continues. And as coal displaces gas next year, America's carbon emissions will rise.

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