By Committee on the Strategic Assessment of the U. S. Department of energy
Coal evaluates the dept of Energy's functionality and recommends priorities in updating its coal software and responding to EPACT. It offers an image of most probably destiny coal use and linked expertise requisites throughout the 12 months 2040. comprises an outline of coal-related courses and up to date price range tendencies and explores vital matters in destiny U.S. and overseas coal use.
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These trends are expected to continue, with environmental constraints on coal combustion becoming more stringent. Transportation costs are more generally a critical determinant of the competitiveness of coal from different sources. S. coals on a delivered price basis. S. coals (Coal Week International, 1994). About 10 percent of the coal used in the United States during the first decade of the next century will likely be imported (EIA, 1994a). Another change in the industry has been the continued decrease in the price paid for coal at the mine.
S. economy. Coal prices declined in real terms through most of the 1980s, due primarily to higher mining productivity, overcapacity, and competition from natural gas. The abundance and low-cost of coal make it an attractive fuel, but the environmental controls required for coal combustion, together with the inconvenience of handling a solid fuel, have made natural gas and oil the fuels of choice in developed nations for many domestic, commercial, and industrial applications. S. 6 quadrillion Btu) was coal, 27 percent natural gas, and 23 percent crude oil, with the remaining 18 percent from nuclear power and renewables (EIA, 1993a).
Interest in the production of synthetic fuels from coal will also likely increase significantly in response to rising international oil prices. In the long-term (2021-2040) the balance of coal uses may well shift, with liquids and other clean fuels from coal becoming increasingly important compared to power generation. The emphasis on power generation will continue to be significant, but the need to minimize carbon dioxide (CO2) and other emissions will impose severe demands on efficiency and emission control systems, resulting in increased interest in other energy sources.