July 27 was a record-setting day in the United States, Kallanish Energy reports.
Natural gas consumed by electric power plants set a daily record high of 47.2 billion cubic feet, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), citing S&P Global Platts estimates.
On that same day, natural gas-fired generation in the Lower 48 states reached an all-time high of 316 gigawatts in the late afternoon, the EIA said.
The previous record was 45.4 Bcf and was set on Aug. 6, 2019.
The EIA said that natural gas power burn exceeded 45.4 Bcf per day on seven days in July 2020 and one day in August 2020 due to extreme summer temperatures.
Natural gas produced 45% of U.S, electric power on July 27 with renewables providing 12%, nuclear 17% and coal 24%, the EIA said.
Low natural gas prices make it an attractive fuel to burn to produce electricity, it said.
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