homecomfort wrote:electric rates around here, and many places are cheaper now than 10 years ago.
lsayre wrote:The last I had heard was that NG has surpassed Coal and is now the largest energy source for making electricity.
I believe the order is now:
1) Natural Gas
4) Hydroelectric, Oil, and Others
When Nuclear moves ahead of coal there are going to be a bunch of lay offs coming in the bituminous and sub bituminous coal industry. Anthracite is in great demand as a coke substitute in the manufacture of steel. Apparently early on in the history of steel making anthracite was the primary carbon source, until at some juncture it was all but completely replaced by coke, and now anthracite is seeing a major resurgence. I can only assume that the high energy costs required to manufacture coke have made anthracite competitive with coke again, or perhaps fiscally advantageous. I'm not sure if the steel producers of today use anthracite straight up, or in combination with coke.
lsayre wrote:The figure I heard when I posted that was 38% of electricity from NG. This site says its 40%. It must be changing rapidly. News from a few years ago is totally antiquated.
lsayre wrote:Obviously there are a lot of differing figures out there, .
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but the handwriting is on the wall and the pace of the transition is accelerating