By Peter O'Dowd
Laramie, WY – As utility companies in Wyoming and across the country try to keep up with demand for power, they are turning more natural gas into electricity.
The director of the University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources, Mark Northam, says utility companies are struggling to get new coal projects approved because of environmental concerns. But he adds that natural gas is not the best way to close the power gap.
"In the immediate future, if these coal projects can't go forward, there is not enough natural gas supply to take up the slack," Northam says. "So you can't build enough natural gas power plants to replace new coal."
Northam says many Americans feel entitled to affordable energy, but he adds the age of cheap electricity is coming to a close.