EIA: Gas generation dropped 7.7% in 2017 while coal declined 2.5%

by Robert Walton, Utility Dive
March 20, 2018

Dive Brief:

• Changes to the United States’ power generation mix last year reflected fuel price fluctuations and the growth of renewable energy, though overall demand fell. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, total U.S. net generation fell by 1.5% in 2017, compared with the year before.

• Natural gas generation fell most steeply by 105,443 Gwh, or 7.7%, and coal generation declined 31,248 GWh, or 2.5%. More than 11 GW of capacity retired last year, with most of that being coal.

• Both wind and utility-scale solar cracked new records, according to EIA’s Electric Power Monthly.  Wind accounted for 6.3% of total net generation, and utility-scale solar made up 1.3%.

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