Nick Cunningham: Who Killed the Coal Plant?

Nick Cunningham: Who Killed the Coal Plant?

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In an article for AOL Energy, ASP policy analyst Nick Cunningham explains why the natural gas industry, and not environmental regulations, are causing the decline of the coal industry.
Coal’s dominance in the electric power industry has begun a period of rapid decline. Data from the Energy Information Agency (EIA) shows that the share of electricity generation in March from coal was at its lowest monthly total since 1973. For decades, coal typically represented half of the nation’s electricity generation, but it dropped to only 34% for the month of March. The decline can be partially attributed to warm weather, causing low demand for electricity overall, but there is a reason that coal’s share fell much faster than other energy sources – and it’s not the EPA’s regulations.
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