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Posted December 18, 2017Today in Energy

Natural gas generators make up the largest share of overall U.S. generation capacity ›

In 2016, natural gas-fired generators accounted for 42% of the operating electricity generating capacity in the United States. Natural gas provided 34% of total electricity generation in 2016, surpassing coal to become the leading generation source. More

graph of U.S. utility-scale electric generating capacity, as explained in the article text

Source: EIA, Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory


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WTI crude oil futures price

12/15/2017: $57.30/barrel

down$0.06 from week earlier
up$6.40 from year earlier

Natural gas futures price

12/15/2017: $2.612/MMBtu

down$0.160 from week earlier
down$0.822 from year earlier

Weekly coal production

12/9/2017: 15.532 million tons

down0.163 million tons from week earlier
up0.057 million tons from year earlier

Natural gas inventories

12/8/2017: 3,626 Bcf

down69 Bcf from week earlier
down201 Bcf from year earlier

Crude oil inventories

12/8/2017: 443.0 million barrels

down5.1 million barrels from week earlier
down40.2 million barrels from year earlier


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