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Coal Loses Crown As King Of Power Generation
01-11-2013, 09:24 PM
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Coal Loses Crown As King Of Power Generation
This article gives a good overview without much technical jargon of what's happening in the energy industry and the different pressures that are bearing down on coal.

Quote:In board rooms across the country, electric companies are deciding that many coal plants, especially small, older ones, just don't make economic sense any more. One factor is the expectation that low prices for natural gas will continue because of the shale gas boom across the country.

Another is that new federal rules require coal plants to clean up the mercury and other toxic chemicals in their exhausts. Installing those pollution controls makes no sense when gas is so cheap.

The shift has come faster than many electricity companies expected. Every year, utilities tell the government which plants they plan to close over the coming decade. Over the course of one year, their estimates of how much coal generation they would retire nearly tripled.
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