Natural gas overtook coal as the top source of U.S. electric power generation for the first time ever earlier this year, a milestone that has been in the making for years as the price of gas slides and new regulations make coal more risky for power generators. About 31 percent of electric power generation in April came from natural gas, and 30 percent from coal, according to a recently released report from the research company SNL Energy, which used data from the U.S. Department of Energy. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/07/13/business/ap-us-natural-gas-tops-coal.html?_r=1
The Bureau of Technical Utility Services prepared and released the Pennsylvania Natural Gas Outlook Report to summarize the 2014 financial and supply data for the Pennsylvania natural gas distribution companies to present relevant topics of interest with regard to the Pennsylvania natural gas industry. National trends including utilization, macroeconomic and industry data for the U.S. as a whole are included in this report for context since shale development in Pennsylvania impacts the entire nation.