Though the Energy Information Agency (EIA) predicts this winter to be higher than the past 10 year average, natural gas is seen to push coal out as the predominate fuel this winter. In fact, though there is much national consternation over coal, use is at it’s lowest level in the last twelve months (it makes up about a third of U.S. electricity (as does shale/natural gas). A couple years ago, natural gas and coal became tied for the make up of nation’s electricity output. A higher pricing of natural gas this year may relatively make coal more inviting from an expense point of view.
Keep an eye on those prices to see if now that dividends are in people’s accounts and the days get colder, the price will drop. Less momentary demand in state may influence local fuel dealers!