Is the increase in the market for natural-gas electric generating stations evidence that coal is on its way out as a power source? The Rural Blog has a summary of recent stories which suggest just that.

This week Siemens Power Generation Groupannounced that it “has won contracts to supply five new high-efficiency gas plants to Progress Energy at two sites in North Carolina that have old coal-fired generators,” Matthew W. Wald ofThe New York Times reports on the paper’s Green blog. “It is also replacing old gas-fired plants in Florida.” The six Progress plants are among the 11 coal-fired plants the company owns that do not have scrubbers. Progress says it will eventually close all 11.

What do you think? Is the market driving out coal? At the same time, the EU could be driving out gas.