The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has said that coal will be the leading source of US electricity for at least the next two years.
The increased demand will see a boost to US coal production.
The acting administrator of the EIA, Howard Gruenspecht, said: “U.S. coal production is getting a boost in 2017 from higher coal exports and more coal-fired electricity generation.
“Coal-fired power plants are expected to be the leading source of U.S. electricity for the next two years, as the cost of coal is expected to rise by less than the cost of natural gas and renewable generation continues to grow”.
This news will be welcomed by the Trump administration which has acted to promote the use of US coal, both at home and abroad.
President Trump’s policy of energy dominance was seen in action recently when US company Xcoal Energy & Resources signed a contract with Ukraine to supply 700,000 tons of coal.
Trump’s use of US energy resources has both economic and strategic stimuli. Energy secretary Rick Perry said: “The United States can offer Ukraine an alternative (to reliance on Russia), and today we are pleased to announce that we will.”