Natural gas quickly replacing coal as Ohio’s dominant source of electricity

Construction of the Oregon Clean Energy Center, a natural gas power plant scheduled to open in the summer of 2017, nears completion Monday, April 3, 2017, in Oregon, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Seewer)

TOLEDO, OH (AP) — A building boom of natural gas power plants in Ohio is putting the industry on track to replace coal as the dominant source of electricity in the state.

The Trump administration’s move last week to eliminate environmental restrictions in an effort to help coal isn’t likely to stop the shift.

About a dozen natural gas power plants now are being built or developed in Ohio. Most are near the rich natural gas reserves in eastern Ohio’s shale fields.

One industry leader says there’s still room for 15 more natural gas plants to come on line within the next decade.

The head of Ohio’s coal association says he thinks coal still has a strong future and that Trump’s new order creates a more level playing field for all energy sources.

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