Coal-Fueled Electricity Generation: Fleet Outlook, Potential Changes and Impact of EPA Regulations


Chad B. Loomis (Editor)
Jill A. Naylor (Editor)

Series: Energy Science, Engineering and Technology, Energy Policies, Politics and Prices
BISAC: TEC031000

This book examines the use of coal as a key domestic fuel source and an important contributor to the U.S. economy. Most coal produced in the United States is used to generate electricity. In 2011, 1,387 coal-fueled electricity generating units produced about 42 percent of the nation’s electricity. After decades of growth, U.S. coal production and consumption have fallen, primarily due to declines in the use of coal to generate electricity. According to the 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 retire some units, which could affect the coal fleet’s generating capacity and the amount of electricity generated from coal. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Electricity: Significant Changes Are Expected in Coal-Fueled Generation, but Coal is Likely to Remain a Key Fuel Source

EPA Regulations and Electricity: Better Monitoring by Agencies Could Strengthen Efforts to Address Potential Challenges


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