Utility Companies Reportedly Using Less Coal

Reported by: Christine Winter
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Updated: 6/13/2012 2:21 pm
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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