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Electricity: Significant Changes Are Expected in Coal-Fueled Generation, but Coal Is Likely to Remain a Key Fuel Source
Frank Rusco (au)
Coal is a key domestic fuel source and an important contributor to the U.S. economy. Most coal produced in the U.S. is used to generate electricity. In 2011, 1,387 coal-fueled electricity generating units produced about 42% of the nation's electricity. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), using coal to generate electricity is associated with health and environmental concerns such as emissions of sulfur dioxide, a pollutant linked to respiratory illnesses, and carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas linked to climate change. In response to recent environmental regulations and changing market conditions, such as the recent decrease in the price of natural gas, power companies may retrofit some units by installing controls to reduce pollutants. They may also retire some units, which could affect the coal fleetäó»s generating capacity -- the ability to generate electricity -- and the amount of electricity generated from coal. This report examines (1) how the fleet of coal-fueled electricity generating units may change in the future in terms of its generating capacity and other aspects; and (2) the future use of coal to generate electricity in the U.S. and key factors that could affect it. Tables and figures. This is a print on demand report.
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