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Use of coal to generate power rises

centredaily.com -- Power plants in the United States are burning coal more often to generate electricity, reversing the growing use of natural gas and threatening to increase domestic emissions of greenhouse gases after a period of decline, according to a federal report.

Coal's share of total domestic power generation in the first four months of 2013 averaged 39.5 percent, compared with 35.4 percent during the same period last year, according to the Energy Information Administration, the analytical branch of the Energy Department.

By contrast, natural gas generation averaged about 25.8 percent this year, compared with 29.5 percent a year earlier, the agency said in its most recent "Short-Term Energy Outlook."


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2013 5:33:07 AM

thanks for the info on ON, gt.
teenitup
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2013 1:59:23 PM

Definitely a start back in the right direction, coal has cleaned up their emissions greatly over the years. There has to be a balance.
tomok
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2013 2:50:56 AM

Use of coal to generate power rises? In order to provide an adequate amount of electricity for the population, electrical companies have to use their Idled coal fired generating plants to produce enough power? There is not enough natural gas or diesel to power these electrical generating plants?
With the high number of coal companies and employees decreasing how is it possible they can get the coal they need? A possible increase in coal production and employees getting their jobs back? Coal is still dirty, no matter how much you scrub that exhaust.
Why should we care about producing green house gases when other countries around the world continue to produce green house gases at an ever increasing rate.
Drive vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
JuicyQ69
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2013 12:55:02 AM

Uh, Yeah.
Tsunamiron
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2013 12:06:29 AM

Going in the wrong direction again.
N5EXY
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2013 12:04:13 AM

Great story. A break from all the gloom, doom, and hopeless change.
boatmen
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2013 12:03:58 AM

tried and true way of generating
bolobill
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2013 12:03:49 AM

ok
Buddy2264
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2013 12:01:57 AM

More were turning to natural gas. I wonder what has changed.
rahcat
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2013 12:00:34 AM

Don't tell that to the Obama regime.
alsal55
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:59:54 PM

Coal is by far the cheapest way to produce electricity for all these electric cars the greenies want us to buy.
cssco
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:59:47 PM

Yea
ScottTee
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:57:39 PM

This all depends on if climate change is really from greenhouse gases
rf6480
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:56:07 PM

coal is making a comeback
SammyAdams
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:55:51 PM

To: mstearno Re: Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:43:01 PM (Printed below)

"I think all the tree hugging wind mill nuts should move to 1 state and leave the rest of us alone"

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Ha ha, that would be a hoot! We would find out in a hurry how hypocritical they actually are. The only major problem is which state do we give them?
dbadave
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:52:52 PM

ok
MVP1
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:52:39 PM

These small changes could be due to regional weather related demands for electricity... not some conspiracy!
splitrman
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:48:56 PM

Why not switch to natural gas. Big oil burns thousands of litres off at the well head to get to oil.
Double_Golden
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:45:25 PM

didn't our president and energy dept want to get rid of coal burning for electricity, and use more green energy such as wind, solar, natural gas, etc...
mstearno
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:43:01 PM

I think all the tree hugging wind mill nuts should move to 1 state and leave the rest of us alone
wayoung56
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:42:30 PM

So???
mwg6275
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:40:56 PM

What cost less money is what should be used.
vjs3
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:40:39 PM

I guess time will tell on this one.
badharley
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:37:43 PM

Have to see what happens.
toadNY
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:37:26 PM

But nobama wants to Shut them down as part of his Cap & Trade!
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:33:11 PM

A lot of coal companies are close to bankruptcy. Hopefully, increased demand will keep them solvent.
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They have to charge them f*#@&%g Volts!!!!
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:25:14 PM

WE SHALL SEE!
Carol7777
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:25:12 PM

Of course, that's called the "economics" of producing energy. Let's not disrupt the production of coal & henceforth, electricty by denying new coal mining leases.
BoerneWatch
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:22:01 PM

Not a bad thing. At least not in our area.
Cableman66
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:20:00 PM

If its cheaper than gas it will be used. Keep NG cost down and you will see the switch back to gas.
30mpg80
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:18:48 PM

Coal is necessary to power generation in USA for many years while we gradually change to other fuels.
AC-302
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:18:29 PM

Use of coal to generate power rises

--As well it should. We have coal that is cheap and abundant. Why shouldn't we use it?
woodeye55
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:16:52 PM

Thanks Nobama.
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:14:47 PM

good
pgerassi
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:14:41 PM

Lets see.
badgames
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:13:47 PM

Call in the EPA (and the rest of the watermelons), the economy is trying to recover.
DragonLady76
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:11:54 PM

WILL CLEAN AIR BE SACRIFICED!
serrog
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:11:53 PM

Coal is much dirtier than any of the bitumen from the Canadian oil sands
crmedic
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:08:32 PM

How much would it cost them to convert to natural gas.
gta_guy
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:03:58 PM

Ontario has closed most (if not all) of it's coal plants
Gas4Gore
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:02:04 PM

Will work.
PatrickHenry
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:02:03 PM

I'm glad to see coal bouncing back, and I hope government keeps their nose out of the markets so natural price action drives decisions.
John747
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:01:24 PM

Coal is reliable and inexpensive. You can't say the same for so-called "green energy."
KentuckyWildcat
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 11:00:29 PM

Great news!
jimedB
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 10:58:05 PM

Good. It is one of the cheapest ways to fuel the power plants and should cause price of electricity to stay the same or even go down.
mfgendron
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 10:57:23 PM

not good.
bpj13
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 10:56:21 PM

Good.
Blue48
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 10:56:13 PM

WOW!
JimL1
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 10:49:54 PM

It all depends who is doing the reporting.
floridakeys
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 10:47:56 PM

Coal is extremely plentiful and inexpensive energy and powers the American economy. Not to mention a 500 yr supply right here in the US, coal will be part of American energy for many decades to come.
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