Adios ran a story on September 19 analyzing state-level U.S. Energy Information Administration data to show how America’s energy mix is changing differently in each state across the country. Available supplies and government policies have led different states down different paths.
In Iowa, for example, wind power has drastically increased from near zero a decade ago to 36.9% of the state’s electricity last year. This growth has almost all been at the expense of coal. Renewables have hit 44.3% of generation in California, driven largely by aggressive clean-energy goals set by the state government. The state has a goal of hitting 60% renewables by 2030.
What about our neck of the woods? Appalachia has been the biggest driver of the growth in natural gas production since 2012. It is no surprise, then, that many of the surrounding states have begun to rely much more on natural gas. Massachusetts, for example, has shifted from getting about 50% of its electricity from natural gas a decade ago to about 80% now.
Delaware has had a far more dramatic shift, and it has been called “ground zero for America’s shift from coal to natural gas.” Delaware generated more than 70% of its electricity from coal in 2007, but that has been reduced all the way down to 4.7% in 2017. Natural gas has taken almost all that market share, and now natural gas generates about 87% of the electricity in the state.
Part of the push came directly from the state government, which nearly a decade ago began offering grants through its Delaware Energy Efficiency Investment Fund that energy companies could use to make investments in energy efficiency. Companies like NRG have used those grants to convert coal plants to natural gas. Despite coal-friendly policies from the Trump Administration, the shift to gas has continued to the point where Delaware has only one remaining coal power plant. That plant, called the Indian River Power Plant, was pegged for a massive expansion back in 2007, but that expansion was blocked and instead now three of the plant’s four units have been shut down in the past few years.
The experienced professionals at Cimmaron Land have been helping companies secure leases all through the natural gas boom of the last decade. If you are interested in opportunities in the region, just call our land experts at (412) 212-7517.