There are a number of reasons behind the demise of the U.S. coal industry, but the biggest factor isdisplacement of coal by natural gas in the power generation sector. This week the Energy Information Administration (EIA) published a graphic that highlighted the role of natural gas in displacing coal:
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What’s happening to coal consumption?
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, total U.S. coal consumption in 2018 was the the lowest in 39 years, falling 4 percent from 2017, driven mainly by declines in coal use in the electric power sector.
Is coal dead?
SO IS COAL DEAD? While the International Energy Agency found global coal demand had stalled it was 鈥渢oo early to say that coal is dead鈥? In the medium-term, from 2015 to 2021, demand for coal globally is expected to keep growing 鈥?at a low rate of 0.6 per cent per year 鈥?and the main driver of growth will be India.
How much will coal production fall in 2019?
However, the EIA estimates that coal production in 2018 decreased 3 percent, and expects further declines of 4 percent in 2019 and 6 percent in 2020, due to declining exports and falling power sector consumption.
Is coal really losing market share?
Optimists will say coal is losing market share in global electricity production as green energy sources like wind and solar take hold. On paper, they are right: In 2022, coal is likely to account for about 36% of the world鈥檚 electricity production, down from more than 40% only a few years ago.