Natural gas and power generation
Natural gas is a cleaner and more efficient source of electricity compared to coal and oil. When combined with North America's abundant supply, it’s an essential fuel in meeting our future demand for power generation.
Every year more and more power is generated by natural gas and less by coal. The benefits of switching to natural gas power generation include:
- provides a 50 to 60 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and eliminates mercury emissions; other harmful pollutants are greatly reduced
- it takes 60 percent more coal than natural gas to produce one kilowatt-hour of electricity
- about 35 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas in advanced combined cycle natural gas generation would displace all coal-based generation in the U.S. and yield emission reductions of about 50 percent in the electricity sector
What is combined cycle natural gas generation?
Waste heat from gas turbine generated electricity is used to make steam, which is then used to fuel steam turbines to generate additional electricity, enhancing efficiency as a result.
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