The electricity industry is planning to increase natural gas-fired generating capacity by 11.2 gigawatts in 2017 and 25.4 GW in 2018, based on information reported to the Energy Information Administration.
Natural gas remains the top source of electricity generation in the United States and is expected to continue that role into the future, says a new report by the American Public Power Association.
A board that oversees Kentucky public power utility Owensboro Municipal Utilities recently voted to cease burning coal at a 425-megawatt power plant that supplies power to the city of Owensboro, Ky.
The Department of Energy on April 14 granted a request by Oklahoma-based Grand River Dam Authority to keep a coal-fired unit at a GRDA power plant online in order to ensure electric system reliability.
So far in 2017, increased hydroelectric and solar power generation in California have contributed to less reliance on natural gas-fired power plants in the California Independent System Operator's region, the Energy Information Administration said.
The New York Power Authority is participating in a microgrid project recently unveiled by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.