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Natural gas seen pipping coal as top US power source in 2015

Collapse of gas prices and clean-air regulations cited as leading to the switch

In 2015, US power companies retired over 15,000 MW of coal plants, as inexpensive gas lowered electricity charges.

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LAST year looks like it was an unwelcome watershed for the embattled US coal industry.

Power companies in 2015 for the first time may have burned more natural gas than coal to generate electricity, according to analysts who attribute it to the cheapest gas prices in 16