Natural gas is now the leading fuel for electric generation in the United States as it surpassed coal in 2015, and in 2017, it was used to generate 32% of electricity, while coal was used to generate about 30%. While natural gas is forecasted to remain the primary source of electric generation for at least the next two years, its role is being challenged in some parts of the country. The resistance is being led by state policy makers, renewable energy advocates, and environmental groups who argue that some existing and proposed natural gas plants are not needed or should be replaced by renewable energy.
Approval of natural gas projects may become more challenging, given the legislatively mandated renewable targets in some states.
Wall Street Journal: Natural Gas under Assault in Some States after Brief Reign at the Top
Los Angeles Times: California regulators weigh whether the state needs more power plants
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA): Natural gas to remain primary energy source for electricity generation
S&P Global Market Intelligence – Regulatory Focus (March 21, 2018): Overview of 2018 state-level energy legislative activity *Subscription required
S&P Global Market Intelligence: Arizona OKs 10-unit fast-ramping gas-fired project for Tucson Electric Power *Subscription required
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