18 Jul '11, 4pm

Coal to Lead U.S. Energy Mix Even as Many Older Plants Convert to Natural Gas

Coal to Lead U.S. Energy Mix Even as Many Older Plants Convert to Natural Gas

According to a recent Black & Veatch survey of electric utilities, coal will remain part of the overall electric energy for some time to come, even though a number of older coal burning plants can expect to be retired. As coal-burning plants are made more efficient or converted to natural gas, significant increases in utility pricing should be expected over the coming years. A large number of older coal plants will quite burning coal in favor of using natural gas. “We judge that 60 megawatts of smaller, older less efficient coal plants will be shut down over the next 10 years,” Dean Oskvig, Black & Veatch’s CEO, said in a recent interview. “It isn’t cost-effective to retrofit these plants.” Expect the near-term alternative for these shuttered plants to be structured around using natural gas, a fuel that claims higher marks for burning cleanly, even though a significant num...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/07/18/coal-to-lead-u-s-ener...

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