Coal Promotes Energy Independence While Keeping Costs Low

America’s abundant coal reserves – and our continued use of coal to generate electricity – also promote greater U.S. energy security. The reason is simple: The coal we rely upon is found right here at home, and we have a more than 200-year supply based upon today’s rate of usage.

EIA figures also show that coal consumption will increase both domestically and internationally to meet rising electricity demand during the next several decades, providing the U.S. and other countries with indigenous energy resources. Read more +

And as coal use grows, a new generation of advanced technologies will be deployed to further reduce emissions from coal-based power plants. This evolution of technology will need to include advanced technologies to capture and safely store carbon dioxide.

According to the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, the next decade offers opportunities to gain knowledge and early operating experience that can lead to widespread deployment of new, advanced coal-use technologies to improve the efficiency and environmental performance of coal-generated electricity, such as integrated gasification combined cycle, ultra-supercritical pulverized coal and oxy fuel plants. These technologies can be deployed both in the United States and around the world as we improve the environmental performance of coal-based electricity generation. <<