CEA Research Report: Trends in U.S. Delivered Coal Costs: 2004-2011

Leslie Glustrom, Research Director for Clean Energy Action, and contributors Teresa Foster and William Briggs, have provided a comprehensive review of U.S. Department of Energy data that clearly illustrates the steady increases in delivered coal costs across the continental United States since 2004. This seven year upward trend appears to be attributable to the three key supply and demand forces of increased production costs, increased transportation costs, and increased export pressure. Authors suggest that these may be expected to continue to exert upward pressure on future coal prices.

In many states prices for wind and solar are becoming competitive with these increased coal costs.  This report encourages citizens and policy-makers to consider delivered coal costs on a state-by-state basis, to compare prices of emerging alternative clean, fuel-free energy sources, and to investigate individual states’ future fuel discount pricing practices in order to make the best future energy investment decisions. Well-documented background references on coal supply constraints as well as references for the tremendous health and environmental toll we all pay for the burning of coal to produce energy make this report an excellent and easily-understood resource.

For full report U.S. Delivered Coal Costs 2004-2011

Original data source: Energy Information Association

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