Chart of the Day: Coal- and natural gas-fired generation equal for first time in April 2012 #rsrh

Monthly coal- and natural gas-fired generation equal for first time in April 2012

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

Recently published electric power data show that, for the first time since EIA began collecting the data, generation from natural gas-fired plants is virtually equal to generation from coal-fired plants, with each fuel providing 32% of total generation. In April 2012, preliminary data show net electric generation from natural gas was 95.9 million megawatthours, only slightly below generation from coal, at 96.0 million megawatthours.

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