US expects increase in gas-fired electricity
Gas-fired electricity in the US is expected to increase over the next few years, largely in or near major shale gas basins, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported November 22.
The EIA said another 27.3 GW of gas-fired electricity is expected to come online between 2022 and 2025. That would boost existing capacity by 6% from August 2021 levels.
Much of the new power will be derived from shale basins in Texas and in the Appalachia region, which covers parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and West Virginia. Two shale plays – Marcellus and Utica – combine to make the Appalachia basin the single-largest natural gas producer in the continental US.
“Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, states with pipeline access to natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, account for a combined 43% of the natural gas-fired capacity planned to come online between 2022 and 2025,” EIA’s report said.
Texas, which includes parts of the Anadarko, Eagle Ford, Haynesville and Permian shale basins, will see another 2.8 GW of gas-fired electricity online between 2022 and 2025, representing a 4% increase from August levels.
A surprise standout in the EIA’s report was Florida. Florida has no substantial gas producing basins of its own and is included in “other states” in the federal list of natural gas producers. But the state’s pipeline networks continue to expand. Because of that, EIA expects five new gas-fired plans to start commercial operations by 2025.