Coal, Emissions

U.S. Electricity Generation

Issue 11 and Volume 116.

The shares of total U.S. electricity generation fueled by natural gas and coal during 2012 averaged 30.6 percent and 37.2 percent, respectively.

The Energy Information Administration, the statistical arm of the Department of Energy, expects that prices for natural gas delivered to electric generators during 2013 will average 22 percent higher than during 2012, while the average cost of coal is just over 1 percent higher.

The projected higher price of natural gas relative to coal contributes to a decline in the share of total generation fueled by natural gas to 27.2 percent next year and an increase in the coal share to 40.1 percent.

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