Wednesday, 3 June 2009

How to shut down 93% of coal without building new plants or reducing power supply

In the USA, more MW are generated by gas than coal power stations. (MWh is another story.) As Sean Casten's story from Grist asks, 'When it runs, the natural gas fleet emits just 50% of the CO2 of the coal fleet, which raises a rather interesting question: what would we have to do to make it run harder? And how big a difference would that make in our national CO2 footprint?' Wonder what the gas vs coal breakdown is in Australia.

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