Power Play


Natural gas matches coal-fired power generation

by Adam Wilmoth Published: July 6, 2012

For the first time in decades, the country’s utilities used as much natural gas-generated electricity as power from coal-fired plants, according to preliminary numbers released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Friday.

Each fuel represented 32 percent of the country’s total electric generation in April at about 96 million megawatt hours each.

The EIA pointed out that overall demand for electricity was low in April because of mild spring temperatures and that natural gas was selling at a 10-year low.

by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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