Report: Natural gas’s rise led to coal’s fall

The U.S. Department of Energy’s report on electricity markets and the grid says the rise of natural gas has hurt the coal industry.

The long-awaited report, released Thursday, finds the natural gas boom — seen locally in southwestern Pennsylvania with the Marcellus and Utica shales — has been a big factor in the closing of coal-fired power plants here and elsewhere, and lowering the demand for coal and nuclear power. Natural gas in 2016 surpassed coal as the source of the most electricity…

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