Coal is no longer the top source of U.S. electricity production, according to Energy Department data compiled in a recent report by SNL Energy. Natural gas accounted for 31 percent of electricity generation in April while coal, which has long been America’s primary source of electrical power, provided 30 percent. Nuclear energy made up 20 percent of electricity production.
A surge in drilling over the past decade has made the United States the largest combined producer of oil and natural gas in the world. The amount of electricity generated from natural gas increase 21 percent from April 2014 to April 2015, whereas coal electricity production declined by 19 percent over the same period. In April 2010, coal accounted for 44 percent of domestic electricity production and natural gas accounted for 22 percent.
Read more here – “Natural Gas Overtakes Coal in U.S. Electric Generation,” (The Associated Press).