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Natural gas edges coal again in 2017 as top US generating fuel: EIA

Houston (Platts)--28 Feb 2018 823 pm EST/123 GMT


Natural gas has topped coal for the second straight year as the top generating fuel source in the US, according to Energy Information Administration data.

Gas accounted for 31.7% (1,352 TWh) of US generation in 2017 compared to coal at 30.1% (1,334 TWh), the EIA estimated in its Monthly Power Report released late Tuesday.

Gas made up 33.8% (1,378 TWh) of generation and coal 30.4% (1,240 TWh) in 2016, when gas first overtook coal as the nation's top utility fuel source.

Coal topped gas as the top generating fuel in only three months of 2017 -- January, February and December.

Coal edged gas by the slightest of margins in the final month of the year, taking a 30.8% share of generation compared to gas at 30.7%.

Nuclear accounted for 20% (805 TWh) of generation in 2017, essentially flat versus 19.7% (805 TWh) in 2016.

Renewables made up 17.1% (687 TWh) of generation in 2017, up from 14.9% (608 TWh) in 2016.

--Jim Levesque, jim.levesque@spglobal.com
--Edited by Lisa Miller, lisa.miller@spglobal.com

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