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November 16, 2005

DOE Report Projects Huge Growth in Coal-Fired Power Plants

Utilities throughout the United States are currently proposing to build a total of 129 new coal-fired power plants, according to a recent report from DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The proposed projects would generate 77 gigawatts of power and would be located throughout the continental United States, with the exclusion of New England. The report anticipates a growing number of coal plants coming online through 2007, when the growth peaks at nearly 10 gigawatts of new coal plant capacity, followed by a slight decline and another peak in 2010, at about 12.5 gigawatts. Utilities have not yet set a completion date for about 24 gigawatts of proposed new coal power plants. See the NETL report (PDF 544 KB). Download Adobe Reader.

Coal production increased 3.4 percent in 2004, helping to fuel a 1.9 percent increase in the use of coal for power generation, according to the Annual Coal Report, issued in early November by DOE's Energy Information Administration. With the rising demand, electric utilities were paying 5.7 percent more for a ton of coal than they were paying in 2003. See the Annual Coal Report.

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