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  • Tony Zelinski

Why U.S. Electricity Is Becoming Even More Natural Gas Dominant




Most forget now but back to 2011 the Paris-based International Energy Agency confirmed for us the coming “Golden Age” of natural gas.



And IEA was right, global natural gas demand since then is up 33% to 410 Bcf/d.


This was a very widely accepted vision at the time because the U.S. shale gas revolution was just taking off – “the most critical energy development in many decades.”


Over the past 15 years or so, U.S. gas production has ballooned nearly 80% and closing in on 100 Bcf/d.

Gas now supplies 33% of U.S. energy and 40% of U.S. electricity.

At ~50% when President Obama first took office, main competitor coal has entered a structural decline and now accounts for just 20% of U.S. electricity.


The U.S. Department of Energy reports that ~25% of the current 200,000 MW of coal capacity will retire by 2029.

Nuclear has more or less remained at 20% of our power, and its upside has far more questions than answers (e.g., baby boomer retirements, lack of new experts, equipment bottlenecks, incessant regulations, public fear, etc.).


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