Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Despite Massive PA Gas Production, PA's Coal-Fired Generation Jumps 20% And Gas Electricity Falls 11%

Pennsylvania produces a lot of coal and natural gas, ranking fourth and third respectively among states.  But King Coal is whipping gas once again in Pennsylvania power plants.

Coal-fired generation came roaring back in Pennsylvania during the first 4 months of 2013, with a 20% jump in production. One thing made for good times for coal generation--higher gas prices.

While good times returned to Pennsylvania's coal plants, natural gas plants struggled in Pennsylvania, as their production fell 11%.  One thing made for bad times at gas plants--higher gas prices.

Pennsylvania also relies heavily on nuclear power for electricity generation.  In fact, nuclear power ranks second only behind coal in generating electricity in the Commonwealth.  Pennsylvania's nuclear plants are off to a good start in 2013, with their production up 4.2%  compared to the same period in 2012.  Nationally, nuclear power generation is still trending lower, with production down 0.3%.

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