Coal use for U.S. electricity drops to 44.6% in 2009

COLUMBUS — In 2009, the proportion of U.S. electricity fueled by coal dropped to 44.6 %, according to the latest U.S. Department of Energy statistics. In 1995, coal fueled 50.9% of U.S. electricity. It rose to 53% in 1997, before beginning its long decline. The transition from coal, then, has been underway for the last 13 years. So far, the market has replaced coal with natural gas, which rose from 15% of electricity production in 1995 to 23% in 2009.

Paul Ryder, Organizing Director, Ohio Citizen Action.