The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (www.eia.gov) new Today in Energy brief looks at how the largest share of U.S. electricity generation capacity is fueled by natural gas, and which states have the most natural gas-fired generation capacity (and what one state has none).
“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. The increase in natural gas generation since 2005 is primarily a result of the continued cost-competitiveness of natural gas relative to coal…Natural gas-fired capacity is widely distributed across the United States. Every state except Vermont has at least one natural gas plant. About 38% of U.S. natural gas-fired generation capacity is located in four states: Texas, California, Florida, and New York.”—EIA
Reference: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory
Augustine Kwon, EIA analyst, 202-586-3645, Augustine.Kwon@eia.gov