Coal Boom of US coal exports to Asia Written by The Energy Advocate on October 16, 2018 More in Coal: The US plans fossil fuel side event at UN climate talks November 19, 2018 Global coal demand rises in 2017 November 14, 2018 Cambodia chooses hydro and coal for electrification November 12, 2018 Asia is increasingly turning to US coal to fuel its rapidly growing appetite for the commodity that is the leading source of power in 18 of the US states and contribute almost 30% of all American power. Satellite imagery from last month shows that China is to add 259GW of coal capacity – twice the capacity of all sources in Texas. Asia, which accounts for almost 80% of total global coal usage, is increasingly importing US coal supplies for both steel and electricity production. As a result of this, US coal exports to Asia doubled last year, helping total US exports increase by 61%. With Asian countries, such as China and India, being so dependent on the use of coal to produce electricity, these trends are expected to continue into the future as Asian nations look to lift their low Human Development Index closer to that of the West, where access to reliable and affordable electricity has significantly improved living standards. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has been supportive of the use of coal in Asia due to the deployment of technologies used to utilise coal more efficiently. Meanwhile, the US has called for a global alliance of countries to encourage the use of fossil fuels in a clean and efficient way that would help developing nations “create their own energy renaissance”, allowing them to achieve economic security and economic growth.