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.  Virtually all major U.S. utilities are turning away from coal in favor of less-polluting natural gas.  Between 2010 and the end of 2018, 289 coal plants closed, comprising about 40% of the U.S. coal generating capacity according to the Sierra Club. In August 2015, President Obama unveiled altered EPA regulations called the Clean Power Plan, requiring a 32% reduction in electric plant carbon…

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