TEXAS – Natural gas overtook coal for the first time in 2016 as the nation's largest source of electricity, a shift that has reduced overall power plant emissions.
In 2006, coal-fired power plants accounted for nearly half of all power production while natural gas-fired plants contributed only 20 percent.
Power plant emissions of carbon dioxide have decreased 24 percent between 2005 and 2016 as more power plants replaced coal with natural gas and renewable energy sources.
Power plant emissions from mercury have dropped 86 percent since 2000.
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