Natural gas substitution for coal in electric power generation has consistently reduced carbon emissions on that score, making it the best of all tools.
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) keep count and the score on carbon emissions from electric power generation just keeps getting better. Why? Because natural gas substitution for coal in the electric power sector is sill taking place, reducing emissions associated with coal. EIA, in fact, tells us “Total energy-related CO2 emissions fell in 2016 and are projected to fall in 2017 and rise in 2018, based on EIA’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook projection.”
Yesterday’s Today In Energy post at EIA spells it out:
In the United States, about 90% of coal is consumed in the electric power sector. Among the top 10 states with the largest coal emissions reductions in 2015, the electric power sector’s share of coal consumption ranged from 98% in Texas to 76% in Pennsylvania, based on data from EIA’s State Energy Data System. In 2015, Illinois had the largest decline in industrial coal consumption, followed by Alabama and Indiana.