Map of the Month features western power plants, describing them in terms of type of coal they burn, bituminous, sub-bituminous and lignite. Their locations are important because coal is the single largest commodity shipped by rail, and most of it goes to power plants. The western map is shaped by elements including the fact that most power plants are located near mine mouths, populations are concentrated near cities, and the most populous state in the west, California, has clean-air laws that preclude most coal-fired power plants within its borders. Most rail-hauls of coal in this region are exports, mainly from the Powder River and Uinta Basins to the Midwest and South. While demand for power continues to be strong, investors are reluctant to put money into new coal-fired plants out of fear that global warming constraints will favor natural gas, which emits 42% less carbon.

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    Kalmbach Publishing Company

    21027 Crossroads Circle
    P.O. Box 1612
    Waukesha, WI  United States  53187-1612
  • Publication Date: 2003-10


  • English

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  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 62-63
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  • Accession Number: 00965041
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 3 2003 12:00AM