Natural gas is more popular than ever for power

    Consumption of natural gas set a new record last year, reflecting increased demand from natural gas-fired power producers and bouts of extreme weather, The Houston Chronicle reports.

    Natural gas consumption increased 10% last year to 82.1 billion cubic feet per day, according to a new report from the Department of Energy.

    Electric power producers accounted for 35% of the natural gas consumption last year, representing 29.1 billion cubic feet per day. New natural gas generator capacity continues to replace less efficient coal-fired power plants. The U.S. added about 14.5 gigawatts of natural gas capacity last year while retiring nearly 13 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity.

    Last winter’s bitter cold days followed by record-setting heat during the summer also drove demand for natural gas, the dominant source for space heating and increasingly, air conditioning. Read the full story.

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