Coal is a non-renewable fossil fuel which is used to help generate electricity, produce steel and even manufacture cement. This small block comes in many different shapes and sizes. In fact, it holds many properties and an interesting history.
Here are 5 facts about coal you probably didn’t know…
- Coal is the cheapest energy provider source compared to nuclear, natural gas or oil. Some will tell you that hydro is a cheaper alternative, however it often sees problems occurring. This includes peak demand causing rivers to run dry in summer and rivers freezing over when a maximum supply is required.
- Coal provides around 56% of electricity used in the USA every day. In fact, a staggering 95% of the state of Kentucky is generated by coal. On the other hand, the electrical rates here are the second lowest thanks to coal.
- The coal mining industry provides many jobs as different workers are needed to remove the coal from its ore in the earth, transport it to the relevant unit, burn it and correctly dispose of the coal ash to the required destination.
- In an effort to combat air pollution, Beijing is supposedly banning the use of coal in six of its main districts by 2020.
- If the United States continue to use coal at the same rate in which they do today, they have a supply which will last for another 235 years remaining in the mines. Once this is depleted, coal is no longer available as a fuel.
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