Maintaining Energy Security

Mining powers America, from the fuels that feed our energy grid to the metals that carry power to our homes and businesses. Coal and minerals play a key role in every stage of energy delivery.

Americans expect reliable and affordable energy, powered by a diverse mix of coal, natural gas, nuclear power, oil and renewable sources.

With more domestic coal reserves than any other country, coal is a key partner in America’s energy picture, reducing our reliance on foreign markets and providing us with domestic, secure, affordable energy. That energy picture also includes uranium, which is critical for the nuclear industry, and renewable energy from wind turbines and solar panels made from minerals like copper, aluminum, zinc, molybdenum and silver.

The development of a viable coal-to-liquid industry in the U.S. has the further potential to expand coal utilization beyond electricity generation to the transportation sector. Poly-generation plants can produce an even wider range of products.

Advances in technology and more efficient combustion systems have enabled U.S. power plants to reduce their regulated emissions by more than 60 percent since 1970, while increasing electric power output over the same period by 140 percent. In fact, a new coal-fueled power plant today emits 90 percent fewer emissions than the typical plant it replaces built in the 1970s. Ongoing advancements in high efficiency, low emission (HELE) coal technologies and carbon capture and storage (CCS) hold even more promise for the future.

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Uranium: An Abundant Source of Concentrated Domestic Energy

Uranium is a naturally radioactive chemical element that is essential for our energy sector, and it is found naturally occurring around the world. Uranium, commonly found in the form of uranium dioxide, is most often used as a source of concentrated energy in the nuclear power industry. When the element... Read More

Maintaining Energy Security

Usibelli Coal Mine: Keeping Alaskans Warm this Winter

As temperatures dip well below zero at its headquarters near Healy, Alaska, Usibelli Coal Mine provides affordable, reliable and clean burning coal to provide heat and power to Alaskans throughout the winter. In fact, the mine produces approximately 1.4 million tons of coal per year – a huge jump... Read More

Wyodak Coal Mine: Mining Powder River Coal to Power the Nation

Founded nearly 100 years ago, Wyodak Resources Development Corporation is the oldest coal mine in the Powder River Basin and the oldest continuously operating surface coal mine in the U.S. Around 40 percent of the country’s coal comes from this basin, located between southeast Montana and northwest... Read More

Cloud Peak Energy Delivers Reliable, Affordable Coal Across the U.S.

Coal is a key part of America’s energy picture, working alongside natural gas, nuclear power, oil and renewable sources to ensure Americans have access to affordable reliable energy year-round. The U.S.’s diverse energy picture ensures that price increases in any one fuel can be offset by another.... Read More