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EIA: energy-related CO2 emissions from natural gas surpass coal as fuel use patterns change

Thu Aug 18, 2016 3:32 pm

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Energy-associated CO2 emissions from natural gas are expected to surpass those from coal for the first time since 1972, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Even though natural gas is less carbon-intensive than coal, increases in natural gas consumption and decreases in coal consumption in the past decade have resulted in natural gas-related CO2 emissions surpassing those from coal.

EIA’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook projects energy-related CO2 emissions from natural gas to be 10% greater than those from coal in 2016.

From 1990 to about 2005, consumption of coal and natural gas in the United States was relatively similar, but their emissions were different; coal is more carbon-intensive than natural gas. The consumption of natural gas results in about 52 million metric tons of CO2 for every quadrillion British thermal units (MMmtCO2/quad Btu), while coal’s carbon intensity is about 95 MMmtCO2/quad Btu, or about 82% higher than natural gas’s carbon intensity. . . .
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Re: EIA: energy-related CO2 emissions from natural gas surpass coal as fuel use patterns change

Sun Aug 28, 2016 11:18 am

Its because we are addicted to electricity and are still consuming more of it every year. Capacity charges are gong to kill everyone unless they learn what they are doing when the PJM RTO reaches 154,000 MW system wide and the natural gas jet engines fire up and the mainline plants go to 100% output so we can have 71 degrees when its 95 outside without even a thought of its implications.

4 years ago the max peak was 145,000MW - 8 years ago it was 138,000 MW
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