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US coal mining saw 2017 boost

Coal News - Published on Mon, 08 Jan 2018

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Wesa reported that coal companies in the United States boosted production of the fuel in 2017 to reverse a two year decline. The US Energy Information Administration said that companies mined 771 million tons of coal through December 30, a 6 % increase versus 2016.

Wyoming, the largest coal state, saw production rise 8 %. Neighboring Montana had a 5 % increase.

Among other coal states, production rose 13 % in West Virginia, 8 % in Pennsylvania and 10 % in Illinois. Kentucky's production was relatively flat.

Despite the increases, coal's long term prospects remain shaky. Natural gas and renewables such as wind and solar have severely eroded coal's once-dominant role in US electricity generation.

In the last week of 2017, the government said that coal production fell 32% versus the previous week.

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Mon, 08 Jan 2018
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