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Cheaper natural gas alters generation dispatch in Southeast US

TODAY IN ENERGY: Thursday, December 6, 2012

The electric power industry in the southeastern United States has undergone substantial changes over the past three years. While coal-fired power plants continue to generate a majority of electricity in the region, their overall production has declined since 2010, and production from natural gas-fired plants has increased. This change can be primarily attributed to changes in the relative prices of natural gas and coal, which altered the dispatch order of power plants in the region.

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