America is home to centuries of coal—the U.S. has more coal reserves than any other country in the world. Coal is one of America’s strongest homegrown energy sources, and has a long history in the United States. And, according to new EIA data, coal has a prominent place in America’s energy future.
Reasons like these are why we need to continue to capitalize on American innovation to enhance clean coal technology. A few months ago, I was able to tour the Prairie State Energy Campus. The campus, a new clean coal plant in Illinois, uses cutting-edge technology to deliver an energy solution that provides a clean environment, abundant low-cost electricity and jobs to the community.
The campus is home to both a coal mine and clean coal plant, and will ultimately generate 1600 MWs of power with 95 percent of the output dedicated to eight Midwestern-based public power utilities.
Prairie State is a win-win: it provides jobs, uses innovation and technology to help reduce the impact on the environment, and provides low-cost electricity to consumers.
Learn more about the Prairie State Energy Campus in this short video produced by Prairie State.