Natural gas-fired energy era augmenting 19% in 2015, since of low healthy gas prices, augmenting gas-fired era capacity, and spark energy plant retirements. EIA’s May 2016 Short-Term Energy Outlook forecasts that this year, healthy gas-fired era will surpass spark era in a United States on an annual basis.
Growth in healthy gas-fired era ability is approaching to continue over a subsequent several years, as 18.7 gigawatts (GW) of new ability comes online between 2016 and 2018. Many of a new healthy gas-fired ability additions in enlargement are nearby vital shale gas plays. The Mid-Atlantic states and Texas have a many healthy gas-fired ability additions underneath construction with designed online dates within a subsequent 3 years (2016–18).
Mid-Atlantic states. Many of a healthy gas ability additions are strong around a Marcellus and Utica shale regions, mostly located in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. These states have been heading a enlargement in U.S. healthy gas prolongation over a past several years, driven by augmenting prolongation in a Marcellus and Utica shales. Natural gas infrastructure has been total in these regions to ride healthy gas to race centers along a Atlantic Coast. Among a states nearby a Marcellus and Utica shales, Virginia accounts for a largest accumulative additions of gas-fired ability over a 2016–18 period, with 2.3 GW of gas-fired ability underneath construction, followed by Ohio with 1.9 GW, Pennsylvania with 1.8 GW, and Massachusetts with 0.7 GW, according to EIA’s Electric Power Monthly.
Expanding tube networks in a Northeast are augmenting takeaway ability from a Marcellus and Utica shales, that will support a enlargement in healthy gas-fired generating capacity. In 2015, 6.0 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of new tube takeaway ability in a Northeast was consecrated to ride healthy gas to a east, south, and west of a Marcellus and Utica shales. In 2016, 2.2 Bcf/d of new tube ability now underneath construction is scheduled to come online in a Northeast, according to EIA information on healthy gas tube infrastructure.
Texas. Significant levels of healthy gas-fired ability are underneath construction in Texas, with 3.2 GW approaching to turn operational over 2016–18. Texas produces some-more healthy gas than any other state and is home to several vital shale plays, including a Eagle Ford and Barnett shales.
Florida has a largest accumulative additions of gas-fired ability now underneath construction, with 3 plants that have a total ability of 3.8 GW approaching to come online in 2016–18. Although a state has no shale gas production, a retirement of older, less-efficient spark units and a deputy of some oil-fired ability have led to a enlargement of informal tube networks to move some-more shale gas to offer gas-fired generation.
The accumulative ability additions cited above embody plants that are underneath construction. The Mid-Atlantic states and Texas also have a many regulatory assent filings for new gas-fired ability additions. Their total perceived and tentative permits volume to a accumulative 12.1 GW over a 2016–18 period. Texas leads a United States in assent filings, with perceived and tentative permits to erect a accumulative 6.6 GW over a 2016–18 period.