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Natural gas vis-a-vis coal prices for energy generation in the U.S. 1980-2021

Cost of coal and natural gas for electricity generation in the United States from 1980 to 2021

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Release date

March 2022


United States

Survey time period

1980 to 2021

Special properties

Including taxes; prices are not adjusted for inflation.

Supplementary notes

* Includes a small amount of supplemental gaseous fuels. Data until 2000 also include a small amount of blast furnace gas and other gases derived from fossil fuels.

Through 2001, data are for electric utilities only. Beginning in 2002, data also include independent power producers, and electric generating plants in the commercial and industrial sectors. Beginning in 2013, data cover all regulated generating plants, and plants whose total fossil-fueled nameplate generating capacity is 50 megawatts of more for coal, and 200 megawatts or more for natural gas.

Receipts are purchases of fuel.

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