- Dec 27, 2021 10:18 am GMT
In 2021, U.S. coal-fired generation will increase 22%, the first production boost since 2014, according to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA). Why? Natural gas prices increased significantly during the year: The year-to-date delivered cost of natural gas to US power plants averaged $4.93 per million British thermal units (Btu), more than double last year’s price. Meanwhile coal prices have been stable making that energy source much more attractive to utilities and driving usage.
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