Monday, July 1, 2013

New York Uses 106% More Coal-Fired Electricity In 2013

While New York is blessed with large hydro resources, the Empire State and Big Apple still rely substantially on natural gas and on some coal to keep its lights burning bright.

New York doubled the amount of coal it used to generate electricity in the first 4 months of 2013, compared to the same period in 2012, but ranks 36th among the 50 states in total coal generation.

New York's reliance on gas to keep the lights on fell slightly--down about 1%--but New York remains the fourth biggest consumer of gas-fired electricity generation in the nation.

New York continues to debate closing the Indian Point nuclear plant. If Indian Point closes, New York's gas consumption for electricity generation will inevitably increase.

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