AmericasPower.org is sponsored by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), which is a partnership of the industries involved in producing electricity from coal. Coal, an abundant and affordable American energy resource, plays a critical role in meeting our country’s growing need for affordable and reliable electricity.
ACCCE recognizes the inextricable linkage between energy, the economy and our environment. Toward that end, we support policies that promote the use of coal, one of America’s largest domestically produced energy resources, to ensure a reliable and affordable supply of electricity to meet our nation’s growing demand for energy. We also recognize that technology has been a major driver in reducing the environmental impact of coal-fueled electricity, and we are focused on supporting investments that will bring the next generation of advanced clean coal technologies to the marketplace to further reduce emissions – including the capture and safe storage of CO2 emissions.
Because electricity is essential to living and working in the modern world, it is important to not only understand where America gets its electricity, but also coal’s critical role in the generating process.
Coal is the dominant source of our electricity
Today, coal provides nearly 40 percent of America’s power and is projected to remain the dominant fuel source through 2040. It’s simple: coal is one of our country’s most abundant domestically produced energy resources and America has more coal within its borders than any other country. In fact, there are more than 260 billion tons of coal reserves in the U.S., and at our current rate of consumption, that reserve could power our nation for 280 years.
Coal helps keep electricity prices affordable
States that use more coal to generate electricity typically have lower electricity rates. In 2014, 31 states that generated more than half of their electricity from coal paid an average of 9.27 cents per kilowatt-hour, while states that only generated nine percent of their electricity from coal paid 13.7 cents per kilowatt-hour. These low coal-using states paid 31 percent more than the national average price of electricity, while the coal-heavy states were 11 percent less than the national average.
We’re committed to making coal a clean energy source
We’re committed to ensuring that America’s energy future is a cleaner one than ever before. Of course, commitment is more than a word. We have a long history of deploying clean coal technologies, 15 of which are already at use in the U.S. coal fleet, to reduce air emissions, but it doesn’t stop there. That’s why by 2018 industry is expected to have invested more than $126 billion to reduce major emissions from coal-fueled power plants by 91 percent.