Utility Companies Reportedly Using Less Coal

Utility Companies Reportedly Using Less Coal

New numbers show utility companies are using less coal, and that's affecting Kentucky jobs.
New numbers show utility companies are using less coal, and that's affecting Kentucky jobs.

The Associated Press says less than 40% of America's electricity will be coal-based this year.

That's the smallest percentage since World War II.

The AP says it's because natural gas has become more plentiful and is cheaper as a result.

Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources expects to reduce coal production by 11.5 million tons this year.

That's as it closes mines and cuts jobs in Kentucky and West Virginia.
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