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U.S. Coal-Fired Generation Dropped to 23.8% of Total Mix in March

Jim Levesque for Platts Coal Trader:

Coal dropped to 23.8% of US utility-scale power generation in March as natural gas and renewables continued to grab a greater market share, US Energy Information Administration data shows.

The agency’s latest Electric Power Monthly report released Wednesday shows coal generation totaled 72.3 GWh in March, down 22.2% from February and 33.4% from the same month a year ago. Gas comprised 34.1% of the total electricity mix with almost 103.5 GWh. Gas generation increased 5.2% from February and was up 4.4% from the year-ago month. Renewables continued to climb closer to coal’s power output, accounting for 19.2%, or 58.2 GWh, of total generation.

Renewables generation climbed 9.2% from February and was up 18.6% from the year-ago month. Total US power generation came to 303.8 GWh in March, down 3.3% from February. Through the first three months of the year, coal has accounted for 28.7% of generation compared to 32.1% from gas. In the year-ago period, coal made up 36% of generation compared to 28.6% from gas. Stockpiles grow Power sector coal stocks totaled 194.3 million st in March, up 2.8% from February and up 25.4% from the year-ago month. Stockpiles are 16.4% above the five-year average. Subbituminous stocks totaled 108.3 million st, up 1.5% from February, up 28.4% from the year-ago month and 24% above the five-year average.

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