In first, natural gas outpaces coal for US electricity generation

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In first, natural gas outpaces coal for US electricity generation

July 7, 2015

April was a significant month for the U.S. fuel mix. As SNL Energy points out, it marked the first month – ever – that the United States generated more power from natural gas than coal. Driven by low gas prices and a slew of carbon regulations taking coal plants offline, coal's year-over-year April production declined 18.9%, very similar to gas'  20.6% increase.

Nuclear generation saw a 6% boost, while solar thermal and photovoltaic rose more than 57%.

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