Finding a Balance: The Key to Our Energy Future

Cell phones. Computers. Televisions. Americans are plugging in more devices that run on electricity than ever before. So it’s no surprise the Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts that our demand for electricity will continue to rise. To meet that demand, we’re going to need all of our available domestic energy resources. That means natural gas, nuclear, hydro and other renewables like wind and solar – and especially coal. That’s because coal is America’s most abundant domestically-produced energy resource and supplies affordable, reliable electricity at a relatively stable price – no matter whether the sun is shining or the wind is blowing. Read more +

That last point is especially important. Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, will play an important role in America's energy future, but they are not adequate replacements for the reliable electricity we get from coal. Coal generates the baseload electricity we need to supply the electricity American homes and businesses depend on, no matter what the weather conditions are. And right now, that’s not something most renewables can do. But the fact remains: We need all of our domestic energy resources to create a balanced fuel portfolio and satisfy our growing demand for electricity. Also, we should not forget to use energy more efficiently in our homes, businesses and factories. <<