The coal-fired generators are old, inefficient, dirty, and no longer economically competitive.
— Ripe for Retirement, December 2013

What is the future of coal generation?

Coal plants across the United States are being closed.

The reasons relate to growing cost - coal is not affordable - and growing concern about coal generated power on health and the climate


Coal has become more expensive and energy companies are shifting to other alternatives such as natural gas, alternative energy sources and also promoting conservation.

 America's Costliest Coal Plants

America's Costliest Coal Plants

Energy Outlook

Energy generation is shifting from coal to lower cost natural gas and other sources.

In 2000, 52% of electricity was generated by coal but dropped to 37% in 2012. (See chart below)

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Burning coal creates carbon pollution which can affect individual health and also contribute to climate change.