The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) is a partnership of the industries involved in producing electricity from coal. We recognize the inextricable linkage between energy, the economy and our environment. Toward that end, ACCCE supports policies that promote the use of coal, one of America’s largest domestically produced energy resources, to ensure a reliable and affordable supply of electricity to meet our nation’s growing demand for energy. We also recognize that technology has been a major driver in reducing the environmental impact of coal-based generation, and we are focused on supporting investments that will bring the next generation of advanced clean coal technologies to the marketplace to further reduce emissions – including the capture and safe storage of CO2 emissions.
Formed in 2008, ACCCE combines the assets and missions of predecessor organizations – the Center for Energy and Economic Development (CEED) and Americans for Balanced Energy Choices (ABEC). Our name clearly reflects who we are and our belief that technology will help ensure that coal remains a fuel for the future when it comes to meeting America's energy and environmental needs. View a list of our members here.
Because electricity is essential to living and working in the modern world, we believe it is important to understand where America gets its electricity, as well as coal’s critical role in the generating process.
Coal is the dominant source of our electricity
In 2012, coal was responsible for 37.4 percent of electricity generated in the U.S., and it is projected to remain the dominant source through the year 2040. It’s simple: Coal is one of our country’s most abundant domestically produced energy resources – and America has more coal within its borders than any other country. In fact, there are more than 260 billion tons of coal reserves in the U.S., and at our current rate of consumption, that reserve could power our nation for 290 years.
Coal helps keep electricity prices affordable
Generally, states that use more coal to generate electricity have lower electricity rates. In 2012, twenty-nine states that used more than half of their electricity from coal paid an average of 8.8 cents per kilowatt-hour, while states that only generated nine percent of their electricity from coal paid 12.44 cents per kilowatt-hour. These low coal-using states paid twenty-six percent more than the national average price of electricity, while the coal-heavy states were eleven percent less than the national average.
We’re committed to making coal a clean energy source
We’re committed to ensuring that America’s energy future is a clean one. Of course, commitment is more than a word – it requires action. We have a long history of deploying clean coal technologies to reduce air emissions – while at the same time providing affordable, reliable electricity to meet growing energy needs.
Over the last 40 years emissions per kilowatt-hour of sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) from coal-fueled power plants have been reduced by 88%. Through 2012, the coal industry has invested approximately $110 billion to help achieve emissions reductions. These investments in emissions reduction technology will mean that by 2015 over 90 percent of the U.S. coal-fueled electric generating capacity will have installed clean coal technology and other advanced emission controls. We’re already on our way to that goal with at least 15 different clean coal technologies being used today by the U.S. coal fleet.
America can continue to make great progress in improving environmental quality while at the same time enjoying the benefits of using domestic energy resources like coal to meet our growing demand for affordable, reliable and clean electricity.
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