Our Commitment to a Clean Energy Future

Coal is a fuel for America’s future. And we’re committed to ensuring that future is a clean one. Of course, commitment is more than a word – it requires action. That’s why the U.S. power industry has invested about $90 billion since 1990 to deploy clean coal technologies to reduce air emissions – while at the same time providing affordable, reliable electricity to meet growing energy needs.

What exactly do we mean when we say clean coal technology?

“Clean coal technology” is a term of art meaning the entire suite of technologies that can be used to reduce the environmental footprint of coal-based electricity plants. These technologies include devices that increase the operational efficiency of a power plant, as well as those technologies that reduce emissions. Early work to promote clean coal technologies focused on efforts to reduce traditional pollutant emissions like sulfur dioxide (SO2); nitrogen oxides (NOx), which are a precursor to urban smog; and particulate matter. And because technology is often evolutionary, the role and definition of what constitutes clean coal technology will change as we develop and deploy new technologies to respond to new and emerging environmental challenges. Read more +

When you look at the results, it is clear that clean coal technologies have provided substantial benefits to our nation.

To date, the coal-based electricity sector’s investments in clean coal technology have provided measurable benefits through improved air quality and continued access to affordable electricity to the American consumer. Because of those investments to date, the environmental performance of coal-based generation for traditional emissions such as SO2, NOx and particulate matter has been significantly improved.

But there is still work to be done.

Climate-change concerns represent a serious challenge. Today, energy companies are working with the federal government to develop, demonstrate and deploy the next generation of advanced technologies. These technologies will make it possible to reduce emissions to very low levels for traditional pollutant emissions, as well as capture and safely store carbon dioxide, while ensuring a reliable supply of affordable electricity to meet America’s growing energy needs using America’s most abundant, domestically produced fuel. <<