Coal Power: Suffering a Premature Death

Anyone following the energy markets knows that in the past few years natural gas has come to dominate the conversation – especially in the electric power market.  Natural gas’ growth in the electric power industry has come at the expense of coal.

As a recent paper, co-authored by me, explains, while the fracking revolution has played a large role in coal’s decline, it is not the only factor.  Government regulations are forcing a significant portion of our electric power grid to shut their doors prematurely.  Unless this changes, overtime consumers will bear the brunt of higher prices and decreased employment.


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  1. Andrew O says:

    Very interesting study on the future of coal and gas and the possible effects regulations will have on electricity prices. As noted, natural gas price volatility has proven to be an unreliable source of sustainable energy under affordable prices. Due to regulations that do not seem to collaborate with coal producers on viable ways to reduce emissions once adequate and affordable techniques become available, the risk of a hike of electricity prices hindering consumers’ pockets and hurting the economy is a serious concern worthy of national debate.

  2. CRS says:

    The Conclusion of your paper is right on.
    If the EPA was reasonable with its regulations, coal could continue to compete with natural gas and the free market would sort out what is best for American consumers and workers without unnecessary job loss and higher electricity prices. This would also allow America to better develop overseas coal markets and maintain mining jobs.

  3. Sterling,
    Here is a new development that could change the image of coal and a dirty fuel.

    Naturally, not all anti-coal folks agree.

  4. Gabriel Odom says:

    Charles, that link was a great read. Thanks!

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