27 Jul '11, 10pm

Coal Generation Drops to 30-Year Low: The percentage of electricity generated by coal in the first quarter of

Coal Generation Drops to 30-Year Low: The percentage of electricity generated by coal in the first quarter of

The percentage of electricity generated by coal in the first quarter of this year was the lowest it has been in more than 30 years. New data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed that coal generated about 440 terawatt hours, 26.5 TWh less than the same quarter of 2010. Overall generation of electricity increased slightly in the same amount of time. Don’t be confused by the figures, however. Coal is still king , making up 46 percent of total generation – although that’s 3 percent lower than the same period last year. There are various reasons for the decrease in coal. One reason is that as coal prices have steadily risen in many areas of the U.S., natural gas has stayed relatively cheap. Even the coal-rich Midwest is using less of its prized resource, although it still makes up nearly 70 percent of the electricity generation in the region. The slight downtu...

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