EIA Releases Summer 2017 Short-Term Energy Outlook

According to the latest U.S. Energy Information Administration Short-Term Energy Outlook, electricity generation fueled by natural gas is expected to decrease from last summer, but will continue to exceed that of any other fuel, including coal-fired generation, for the third summer in a row.

At the national level, shares of electricity generation from both natural gas and coal are expected to be lower than last summer, as output from hydroelectric and other renewable generators is expected to increase. The Midwest region is the only area of the country where coal fuels more than half of summer electricity generation at 54%. In other regions, no single fuel provides the majority of electricity generation during the summer. The Northeast and South regions are close to this level, with natural gas accounting for an expected 44% and 43% of total summer generation, respectively.

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