By Paul Homewood
According to new data from the US EIA, natural gas is now the leading source of power generation, having overtaken coal last year.
According to EIA, more than 65 percent of CO2 reductions in the electric power sector since 2005 have come from fuel switching to cleaner-burning natural gas. Natural gas use is also helping lower emissions of other pollutants as well. An ISO New England study found that as the fuel mix shifted toward natural gas, regional emissions dropped 91 percent for sulfur dioxide and 56 percent for nitrogen oxide (as well as 22 percent for carbon dioxide) between 2006 and 2015.
Despite all of the hype and subsidies, wind and solar still only supply 6% and 1% of US electricity. Fossil fuels by contrast generate 65%, with another 21% coming from nuclear.