Coal is a critical part of the global energy sector and electricity generation mix. Coal-fired power plants account for over 40% of global electricity generation. Find out more about USEA's work with our partners and members here.
The United States is endowed with extraordinary riches: our nation holds more than a quarter of the world's coal reserves. Regrettably, this wealth is severely undervalued. Although coal has catalyzed industrial development in the 19th and early 20th century as a ready source of energy, chemicals, and materials, over the past decades its crucial role has been forgotten, and the coal became essentially synonymous with production of low-cost electricity. The path to realization of coal's true value lies in the development of new technologies.
North Dakota is uniquely situated to lead the way on carbon capture, utilization and storage solutions. It has an abundant supply of coal and geology suitable for CO2 storage as well as oil fields available for enhanced oil recovery.