US Electric Power Generation Volumes: Shift in Electric Generation Mix Favors Natural Gas, Renewables at Expense of Coal - Moody's Global Credit Research

US Electric Power Generation Volumes: Shift in Electric Generation Mix Favors Natural Gas, Renewables at Expense of Coal

US Electric Power Generation Volumes: Shift in Electric Generation Mix Favors Natural Gas, Renewables at Expense of Coal - Moody's Global Credit Research
US Electric Power Generation Volumes: Shift in Electric Generation Mix Favors Natural Gas, Renewables at Expense of Coal
Published Jun 05, 2012
11 pages (5662 words) — Published Jun 05, 2012
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...A sustained period of low natural gas prices makes natural gas the preferred fuel for generating electricity, economically trumping all other alternatives. As a result, the traditional fuel mix behind US electricity generation is shifting in favor of natural gas at the expense of coal, which has been the predominant fuel of choice over the past several decades. The shift will be gradual because generation facilities are capital intensive and long-lived assets, and because most public power utilities, regulated utilities and their local regulatory authorities will seek to maintain a diversified generation mix. From a credit perspective, a shift in the installed generation mix introduces uncertainty, because natural gas prices are volatile and could rise, potentially leading to consumer pushback associated with absorbing higher bills. This is a risk that will linger over the longer-term horizon. In this Special Comment, Moody's illustrates our view as to how the US electric generation volume...

  
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