Not as much coal-fired power this summer but more natural gas

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The nation's power generators will use less coal this summer and more natural gas, reflecting the recent closure of coal-fired plants around the country.

Natural gas, the nation's single biggest power source, is expected to supply 40 percent of power generation this summer, up from 39 percent last summer.

Electricity from nuclear power plants will remain unchanged at 18 percent this summer.

Remaining power sources include biomass, geothermal and utility-scale solar energy.

The Energy Department is predicting milder weather this summer and anticipates the nation will generate 2 percent less power during the summer months than it did a year ago.

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