05 Feb '12, 5am

Gas-fired power plants on the increase | Electric Power News | Energy Central:

Gas-fired power plants on the increase Feb 01 - Tulsa World The huge, belching smokestacks of electric power plants have long symbolized air pollution problems. But a shift is under way: More and more electric plants around the nation are being fueled by natural gas, which is far cleaner than coal, the traditional fuel. The most optimistic projections describe an abundant domestic energy source that will create enormous numbers of jobs and lead to cleaner skies. Nationwide, the electricity generated by gas-fired plants has risen by more than 50 percent over the last decade, while coal- fired generation has declined slightly. The gas plants generated about 600 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in 2000 and 981 billion hours in 2010, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency. During the same period, coal generation declined from 1,966 billion hours to 1,850 billion ...

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