Natural gas passes coal as top fuel source for U.S. power generation

Natural gas surpassed coal as the largest source of electric power generation in the United States in 2016, the first time a fuel other than coal has supplied the bulk of the nation’s power, reports Citing a new analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy, the news site says natural gas was used to generate 34 percent of the country’s electricity last year, while coal generated 30 percent. But, the Energy Department also said that balance is expected to shift a bit in 2017 as natural gas prices recover, with coal and gas each expected to generate about 32 percent of the nation’s electricity. For more, read the full story.