Coal Plays Pivotal Role in 2016 Battleground States
August 1, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the presidential primaries and national conventions in the rearview mirror, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity today released a new paper examining the importance of coal-fired electricity and coal in battleground states.
According to the paper, as of mid-July, there were as many as 17 states that are considered tossups or are leaning either Trump or Clinton. Of the 17 states, coal-fired electricity is important to at least 13. These states are Arizona (11 electoral votes), Colorado (9), Georgia (16), Indiana (11), Iowa (6), Michigan (16), Missouri (10), Nebraska (1), North Carolina (15), Ohio (18), Pennsylvania (20), Utah (6), and Wisconsin (10). Collectively, they represent 149 electoral votes, more than half the 270 votes necessary to be elected president.
“We want both candidates to understand the political importance of coal in this election,” said ACCCE president and CEO Mike Duncan. “Each candidate needs to explain how they will ensure an affordable and reliable supply of electricity that is essential to creating jobs and sustaining our manufacturing base in the U.S.”
Two hundred coal-fired electric generating units in the 13 battleground states have already shuttered operations with another 46 units expected to close their doors in the near future because of current EPA policies. Said Duncan, “If the next President adopts the wrong policies, the 370,000 jobs and $90 billion in economic activity coal-fired electricity supports in these states will be threatened.”
Right now, coal is responsible for 48 percent of the electricity produced in these 13 states. The percentage of electricity from coal ranges from 30 percent in Pennsylvania to 78 percent in Missouri.
“Coal-fired power plants not only provide the dependable and reliable electricity our nation needs, but they support hundreds of thousands of families and their communities,” continued Duncan. “It is imperative that Mr. Trump and Sec. Clinton work to protect these people and ensure we all have the affordable power needed to keep food on the table and the lights on.”
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity is a partnership of the industries involved in producing electricity from coal. Coal, an abundant and affordable American energy resource, provides nearly 35 percent of our power. By 2020, the coal-based power industry is expected to have invested more than $127 billion to reduce emissions and to use this critical resource more cleanly and efficiently than ever before.