America’s energy demand is constantly growing, making it more important than ever to embrace an all-of-the-above energy strategy. Our abundant coal deposits play an invaluable role in fueling our energy needs, as it can be stockpiled on site and provides the baseload electricity power plants need to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Intermittent fuel sources create challenges for the electricity grid. As new technologies are developed to manage the peaks and valleys, base load coal generation continues to ensure the reliability of the grid because our coal fleet operates 24 hours a day 5 days a week. Base load coal generation is necessary to maintain stability of the grid.
Our nation not only has the infrastructure to support coal-based electricity, but our coal supply can also continue to meet our energy needs for roughly 280 years. With the world’s most abundant coal deposits located within our borders, it only makes sense for our nation to continue the responsible use of our most available domestic resource; a strategy that can ensure when Americans flip a switch, the lights always come on.