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Posted July 31, 2015Today in Energy

Electricity from natural gas surpasses coal for first time, but just for one month ›

In April, traditionally the month when total electricity demand is lowest, U.S. generation of electricity fueled by natural gas exceeded coal-fired generation for the first time since the start of EIA's monthly generation data in 1973. However, EIA's latest Electric Power Monthly shows that coal's generation share once again exceeded that of natural gas during May. Total generation from coal and natural gas in May increased 14% from its April level, with coal generation accounting for 65% of the combined increase. More


Source: EIA, Electric Power Monthly and Short-Term Energy Outlook, July 2015

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7/29/2015: $48.79/bbl

down$0.40 from week earlier
down$52.18 from year earlier

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7/29/2015: $2.886/mmBtu

down$0.011 from week earlier
down$0.922 from year earlier

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7/25/2015: 17.822 million tons

up0.621 million tons from week earlier
down2.096 million tons from year earlier

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7/24/2015: 2,880 Bcf

up52 Bcf from week earlier
up586 Bcf from year earlier

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7/24/2015: 459.7 mmbbl

down4.2 mmbbl from week earlier
up92.3 mmbbl from year earlier

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