Coal: Provides Low-Cost Electricity for Families and Businesses Across U.S.
Energy is essential. It is the foundation of modern living and an engine of human and environmental progress. Every day, our world needs energy delivered safely, reliably, affordably and cleanly.
In 2015, coal was responsible for more than 33 percent of the electricity generated across 47 states, offering an important reliability and cost advantage. In fact, states that predominantly use coal for electricity enjoy rates that are nearly 50 percent lower than coastal states that use minimal amounts of coal.
In addition, the United States has shown that coal can be used to produce more electricity, more efficiently, while reducing emissions. Since 1970, the U.S. coal-fueled electricity generating fleet invested over $100 billion to achieve a 92 percent reduction in emissions per kilowatt-hour of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter. Through advanced coal technologies, coal powers more energy, more cleanly, every day.