Ohio's fuel mix for power generation is changing

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration 

Although coal remains the dominant fuel for Ohio's electric power generation, accounting for 81% of total statewide generation during the first 9 months of 2011, the amount of natural gas-fired electric generation in Ohio is up markedly over the past decade. Natural gas fueled 8% of Ohio's total generation during the first 9 months of 2011, up from only 1% during the 2001-2004 period.

Average monthly natural gas-fired generation in Ohio in 2011 is similar to prior summer peak levels. The average monthly generation of 941,000 MWh in 2011 (through September) was higher than any monthly peak in the preceding decade except for August 2007 and July and August of 2010, although these levels are still considerably lower than coal-fired generation in the state.

Growth in Ohio's natural gas generation, much like recent generation trends in Pennsylvania, has come partly at the expense of coal generation. The share of coal generation, while still the dominant source of electricity generation in Ohio, fell for six consecutive years between 2005 and 2011, dropping from 89% to 81% of total statewide electric generation.

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