US power generation: will gas snatch market share from coal?

As the US takes further steps towards developing a low-carbon economy, Pauline McCallion examines the potential implications for power generation and whether gas is set to gain significant market share from coal

US power switching

Coal-fired generation has held a vice-like grip on its 50% share of the US power sector for decades. Natural gas has threatened to weaken its hold since deregulation of the natural gas market in the early 1990s, but recent moves to clean and green the US economy could at long last flip the switch to make lower-carbon natural gas the dominant fuel source for generators.

The economics supporting greater use of natural gas are lining up nicely: prices are forecast to remain at a steady low and the

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