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Tue December 11, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

Data Shows Gas is Catching Up to Coal

A new analysis by the federal government shows that coal-fired electricity is losing ground in a former stronghold: the Southeast. Coal's share of the nation's electricity generation has been slipping over the past few years; in July, preliminary data suggested for the first time, natural gas and coal both provided the same amount (32 percent) of the U.S.'s electricity. But coal usage has typically been higher in the Southeast.

Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL
Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL