CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Coal now accounts for slightly more
than one-third of the electricity generated in the United States.
The federal Energy Information Administration says coal's share
of the market dropped to 34 percent in March because of the warm
spring and historically low natural gas prices.
Natural gas accounted for 30 percent of power generation.
The figure for coal-generated power is the lowest since January
It dropped by 29 billion kilowatt hours between March 2011 and
March 2012, while natural gas generation increased 27 billion
kilowatt hours in the same period.
The figures were released Tuesday and reported by The Charleston
Information from: The Charleston Gazette,
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