Coal Still Proving Necessary, Even in a High-Tech Age

 Aug 06 2018

These are exciting times for energy production in the United States.

Almost every week, we hear about new developments in renewable energy, electric vehicles and natural gas production. Much will hinge, though, on the storage capacity needed for wind and solar installations. And there’s also a question mark hanging over the availability of cobalt for new lithium-ion batteries.

Amidst such high-tech talk, however, there’s still a certain old-school reality to consider: Can America’s power grid continue to meet the ongoing needs of its consumers? And how will coal fit into the nation’s future energy mix?