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Northeast grows more dependent on natural gas for power

By Bob Downing Published: November 12, 2013

From the U.S. Energy Information Administation:

Nov 12, 2013

 

graph of northeast electricity generation, as explained in the article text

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electricity Monthly Update
Note: Other refers to electricity generated from the non-biogenic portion of municipal solid waste, other non-renewable waste fuels, hydroelectric pumped storage, other energy storage, and other sources.

Lower natural gas prices and regional environmental initiatives are leading natural gas-fired generators to provide a greater portion of the electricity in the northeastern United States. The Northeast is a combination of two regional transmission organizations: the Independent System Operator of New England (ISO-NE) and the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO). Both of these systems have seen a dramatic shift since 2001 away from petroleum- and coal-fired generation to predominantly natural gas-fired output in 2012 and 2013.

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