Coal’s Expected Demise in the United States

Climate Advisers explores why coal use for electric generation is on the decline and what lessons can be learned for reducing other high-emitting technologies and sectors.

Coal had long been ‘King’ in regards to electricity generation in the United States for decades. But recent projections from financial, academic and energy researchers now believe we will likely see the end of coal use for electricity by 2040. What are the factors driving the declining use of coal and what can we learn from this transition that might be applied to other high-emitting sectors and technologies?

Our latest report dives into recent projections for the end of coal in the U.S. electricity system, the impacts of different policies and market forces on coal use, and lessons that can be applied to other sectors.