27 Jan '12, 2am

U.S. government downgrades projections for coal. Again.

U.S. government downgrades projections for coal. Again.

Cross-posted from Climate Progress . In 2010, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projected that coal would drop to 44 percent of America’s electrical generation by 2035. Actual generation dropped to that level in 2011. This week, the agency again adjusted its long-term figures for coal in the U.S., projecting that generation will fall to 39 percent by 2035. But groups on the front lines of fighting coal plants say those figures are still far too conservative. Current proposed and forecasted coal-fired capacity in the U.S., as projected by the EIA’s scenario in 2011. (Click to enlarge.) Due to a combination of cheap natural gas, higher coal prices, increasingly cost-competitive renewable energy, and an aggressive community of activists working to prevent the building of new coal plants, the coal sector is facing an unprecedented decline in generation. At least...

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