Thursday, July 19, 2012

Where Utilities Are Burning More Gas

The EIA is full of fun little graphs and charts (to go along with voluminous, mind-numbing reports). Today it published a map showing the deviation in 2011 from the previous five years of utilities burning natural gas.  This can indicate greater power use (i.e. higher aggregate consumption) and/or increased switching from coal.

The Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states seem to be driving much of the increased gas consumption.  It is interesting that Pennsylvania is the only big producing state in the dark blue column.  North Dakota is an outlier in its region, but maybe they are counting the intense light from gas flares as if it were generated by a utility.  Later in the decade, Colorado likely will be flipped because of the imminent retirement of coal plants and a few others might get bluer.  

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