Utilities Face Expensive EPA Rules Aimed at Reducing Emissions from Coal, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

Despite the low cost of coal in America and the growing use of scrubbers that dramatically reduce emissions from coal-fired electric plants, the use of coal as a fuel has been under attack by regulators and environmentalists.  A large number of U.S. utilities are turning away from coal in favor of less-polluting natural gas.  For example, North Carolina utility Progress Energy planned to close 11 coal burning plants by 2017.  The Trump administration pledged to loosen recently passed restrictions on electric utilities.  Such changes may be significant. In August 2015, President Obama unveiled altered EPA regulations called the Clean Power…

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