Natural gas, renewables generation rose in 2012, while coal, nuclear and hydro dropped
Originally published March 1, 2013
Total net U.S. electrical generation dropped by 1.1 percent in 2012 compared with 2011, according to the latest issue of the Energy Information Administration's "Electric Power Monthly." Generation by coal fell by 12.5 percent, nuclear by 2.6 percent and conventional hydro power by 13.4 percent last year, EIA reported. Coal’s share of total net generation dropped to 37.4 percent in 2012 while nuclear’s share slipped to slightly less than 19 percent.
The big gainers were natural gas and other renewables. Generation by natural gas increased by 21.4 percent in 2012 versus 2011 and claimed a 30.3 percent share of net electrical generation. Non-hydro renewables generation rose by 12.8 percent last year to provide 5.4 percent of net electrical generation. Conventional hydro power and non-hydro renewable sources combined accounted for 12.22 percent of net U.S. electrical generation in 2012.
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