Myra P. Saefong, Market Watch
June 3, 2017
The U.S. electric-power sector last year consumed the lowest amount of coal since 1984—thanks to competition from natural gas.
The Energy Information Administration’s Today in Energy report Friday showed consumption of 677 million tons of coal by the domestic electric power sector in 2016—and that represented more than 93% of all coal consumed in the country.
Consumption has now dropped by 35% from the peak in 2008, when coal production reached its highest level.
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