The coal to gas switching debate has been raging for months. How much is happening? How long will it last? Could switching continue to increase? Will the generators save the producers from themselves? So far this year, that latter assertion seems to be the case. Additions to natural gas power burn by electric generators have been about the only thing propping up natural gas prices. If the generators weren’t burning so much gas, the storage surplus would be through the roof. Last week EIA announced that natural gas matched coal’s share of U.S. generation for the first time in April. That’s a big deal. In today’s blog “Talkin bout My Generation – Coal to Gas Switching Part I” we uncover the drivers behind the shift to natural gas generation, and set the stage for a deep dive into the longer term implications for gas markets.
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