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PUC report shows natural gas ascendancy as power generation fuel

One of the first things that jumps out of the recent “Pennsylvania Gas Outlook Report” from the state Public Utility Commission is the dramatic ascendency of natural gas in the power generation market.

The report, released this month, uses information filed by the state’s natural gas distribution companies, the U.S. Energy Information Administration and other sources, and provides the most recent data available, most of which is from 2013.

It notes that national storage inventory peaked prior to the 2015 winter season at a total of 3.6 trillion cubic feet in the beginning of November, despite fears earlier in 2014 that there would not be sufficient injections to provide adequate storage this winter.

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