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Posted inEnergy Report, Power to the People

Shifting markets haven't tripped up PRB coal

Naturally, there’s some concern among Powder River Basin producers that eastern utilities will tap coal resources closer to home that have higher Btu content and lower transportation costs. But there’s not been a great deal of coal-switching. Each coal-fired unit must be carefully dialed-in to the specific blend of coal its fed. Switching coal sources and recalibrating these units is not easy or inexpensive.