From 2006 to 2015, annual average heat rates of natural gas-fired power plants fell 7%, as heat rates of coal-fired electricity generators increased 1%, the Energy Information Administration reports.
Neil Chatterjee says one of his top priorities in his new role as interim chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is to ensure coal and nuclear power receive some form of compensation for the "resilience and reliability" benefits they provide to the U.S. power grid.
A federal judge blocked a proposed 176-million-ton (MT) expansion of a central Montana coal mine, criticizing U.S. officials for downplaying the climate change impacts of the project and inflating its economic benefits.
The operator of one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the Western U.S. plans to keep running the 2,100-megawatt plant, a spokesman said this week, a reversal from its declaration last year a new operator would be needed by mid-2018.
Expenditures for delivered energy in the U.S. in 2015 totaled $1.127 trillion, a 20% decrease in real terms from 2014, according to recently released data from the Energy Information Administration’s State Energy Data System.