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FFF: Natural Gas

Posted on the 02 March 2013 by 2ndgreenrevolution @2ndgreenrev
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This week’s Five Friday Facts is a short and sweet set of numbers from a recent NPR article. The natural gas revolution is exactly that.

  • Until recently, half of U.S. power plants burned coal to make electricity. Now, that’s down to about one-third.
  • Since 2010, about 150 coal plants either have been retired or it’s been announced they will be retired soon.
  • Natural gas is providing 30 percent of our electricity, with coal a half-dozen percentage points above that.
  • Water, wind and solar now provide about 12 percent of our power.
  • The actual cost of the gas — rather than the cost of building the equipment to burn it — accounts for about half a utility’s operating cost. That’s way more than coal or uranium fuel.

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