US Coal Industry Eyes Comeback as Efficient Plants Encourage Use
From Steel Guru
An industry group said that coal use in the US is set to grow this year and next from a 2 decade low as more efficient coal plants that can withstand new environmental regulations supplant old ones.
Mr Hal Quinn president of the National Mining Association said that coal use is projected to be up 7.5% this year compared to 2012, and its use will continue unabated through 2020, despite the boost in production of natural gas and a deadline of 2015 for a new set of regulations from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Mr Quinn said that because of those rules, a number of older, smaller power plants will close. That doesn’t mean overall coal use will fall.
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