Gas, Coal, and Renewables – Where Is the US Energy Market Going?

With increasingly intensive regulation of greenhouse gas emissions over the last decade, government support for the development of renewable energy resources (via research grants and tax credits), and low natural gas prices, coal-fired generation has been on a steady decline in the US. According to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA), coal-fired generation declined from about 2.0 trillion kwh in 2008 to less than 1.3 trillion kwh in 2016. During that same period, natural gas-fired generation increased from 0.8 trillion kwh in 2008 to 1.4 trillion kwh in 2016; and renewables increased from about 0.4 trillion kwh in 2008 to about .6 trillion kwh in 2016. Source: EKA – Gas, Coal, and Renewables – Where Is the US Energy Market Going?

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