Emissions, Nuclear

Increased production leads to greater natural gas use for power production in Northeast

An additional supply of natural gas in the northeastern U.S. has led to greater use of gas for power generation, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Natural gas production in the region rose from 2.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2008 to 12.3 Bcf/d in 2013, which has reduced the cost of the fuel and reduced net inflows of natural gas into the region, according to the EIA.

During the first nine months of 2013, net inflows of gas to the region decreased 50 from all outside sources compared to 2008, the EIA reported. The flow on pipelines has been replaced in part by natural gas from the Marcellus Shale.

ISO New England stated after the announcement of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant in August that natural gas generated more than 52 percent of the power in New England in 2012, identifying the dependence on natural gas as a key strategic risk.

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