Competition between spark and healthy gas affects energy markets

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In 2016, healthy gas supposing 34% of sum electricity generation, heading spark to turn a heading era source. Natural gas initial exceeded spark as a many common electricity fuel on a monthly basement in Apr 2015 and on an annual basement in 2016. The boost in healthy gas era given 2005 is essentially a outcome of a continued cost competitiveness of healthy gas relations to coal.

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Natural gas-fired ability is widely distributed opposite a United States. Every state solely Vermont has during slightest one healthy gas plant. In a past 15 years, scarcely 228 gigawatts (GW) of ability fueled by healthy gas was added, distant surpassing retirements of 54 GW. Over that same period, 20 GW of coal-fired ability was added, while some-more than 53 GW was retired.

Regionally, spark stays a widespread fuel for electricity era in a Midwest, nonetheless a share has decreased over a past several years. In a Northeast, electricity era with healthy gas has exceeded coal-fired era given Feb 2011. In a South, monthly healthy gas era surpassed that of spark in each month given Jan 2015. In a West, electricity generated by spark and healthy gas has remained in tighten foe over a past decade; however, healthy gas exceeded spark in a energy zone for 11 months during 2016.

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The foe of spark and healthy gas for electricity era plays an critical purpose in environment indiscriminate electricity prices. The changing use of healthy gas and spark in electricity era also has implications for a production, transport, and storage of spark and healthy gas.

To improved inspect spark and healthy gas competitiveness in a energy market, a 2017 EIA Energy Conference will embody a event on coal-natural gas competition. The subject will be explored from 3 perspectives: record for spark to healthy gas conversions, impact on a electric complement dispatch order, and a outcome of reduce spark direct on a tyrannise industry. The row will be moderated by Stan Kaplan, executive of EIA’s Office of Electricity, Renewables, and Uranium Statistics. Speakers on this row include

  • Robert DiDona, Energy Ventures Analysis, Inc.
  • Robin Bedilion, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Jamie Heller, Hellerworx, Inc.

Source: EIA

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