We are clearly witnessing the end of our dependency on coal and the move toward a cleaner energy future. A number of developing factors including competition from less expensive domestic resources and rising coal prices are causing industry players to predict that the use of coal will significantly decrease in the coming decades.
The Energy Information Administration predicts that coal’s share of the U.S. market will drop to 39 percent by 2035 and others see natural gas emerging as a domestic alternative to coal. Between 2005 and 2011, the use of coal dropped 31 percent in the electric power sector. Additionally, 10 percent of the coal-fired power plants in the U.S. are expected to be shut down by 2016.
POLITICO highlighted other ongoing efforts to move the industry away from a reliance on coal including the Sierra Club partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies on the "Beyond Coal" campaign.