Coal-fired power generation in the U.S is estimated to rise 22% this year compared with 2020, marking the first year-on-year increase since 2014, said the EIA on October 18.
The increase in coal-fired power generation is mainly due to soaring natural gas prices on robust demand, which boosted use of coal with relatively stable prices.
Cost of natural gas delivered to power plants was relatively low and stable during 2015-2020, but the price surged this year, driving up coal demand, said EIA.
The more coal burn at US's power plants induced by rising natural gas price may not continue, the EIA said.
EIA forecasted that coal-fired generation will decline about 5% along with continuous phase-out of coal-fired power plants and drop of natural gas prices.
(Writing by Lilya Li Editing by Tammy Yang)
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