Abundant natural gas, cost declines for renewables, and tight regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are slowly killing coal-fired power plants in the U.S. This dynamic is playing out across the country, but the results will be particularly important in the Midwest.
The Midwest depends on coal for 60% of its electricity., but that is rapidly changing. The region obtained 80% of its power from coal in the early 2000’s, but natural gas and renewable energy are capturing an increasing share of the market as coal plants shut down.
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