From SNL Energy:



SNL ENERGY REPORT: DATA SHOW HIGHER GAS PRICES RESULT IN LESS USAGE OF PJM GAS-FIRED UNITS



SNL Energy looks at utilization rates for a subset of natural gas-fired power plants in the PJM region, finding an overall reduction in usage over a 12-month period ending March 31.



Excerpts:



"The utilization rates declined as the price of natural gas generally increased over the period. Utilization rates for regulated power plants decreased by 62.4%, while utilization rates for merchant plants dropped by 54.6%, according to SNL Energy data."



"SNL Energy data show that March 2012 appears to be the peak in utilizing natural gas-fired capacity in PJM, with regulated units reaching a roughly 50% utilization rate and merchant plants at nearly 39%. According to a January report by FBR Capital Markets & Co., use of combined-cycle gas turbines rose to 49% in 2012 from 37% the prior year."



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Read the full report and analysis here: http://www.snl.com/InteractiveX/Article.aspx?cdid=A-17472371-12590