Electric Plants Shift from Coal to Natural Gas
For decades, electric power plants’ air pollution has been a main concern for environmentalists. However, a transformation is under way as more and more electrical plants are being fueled by natural gas, which has proven to be far cleaner than coal.
Optimistics of this new trend hope the domestic energy source will create new jobs as well as provide cleaner skies and fresher air.
Over the last decade, electricity generated by gas-fired plants has risen more than 50 percent. According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, gas plants generated about 600 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in 2000 and 981 billion kilowatt hours in 2010.
To the delight of environmentalists, during this time, electricity generated by coal-fired plants declined. Coal generation declined from 1,966 billion kilowatt hours to 1,850 billion kilowatt hours, while hydroelectric and nuclear generation stayed about the same. Between 2009 and 2010, overall natural gas power generation rose approximately 7 percent.…