1 Crucial Decision Facing Utilities Could Dictate the Future Of American Energy

With 16% of the nations coal-powered generators fate up in the air, what utilities choose to do could have monumental implications on the way we generate power.

Tyler Crowe
Tyler Crowe
Apr 6, 2014 at 1:07PM
Energy, Materials, and Utilities

Coal has always been the dominant player in the power generation business. Even today with growing interest in alternative energy and cheap natural gas, coal still represents over 40% of total generation capacity in the U.S. However, there is a major decision that utilities with coal generation capacity such as Exelon (NYSE:EXC) and Pinnacle West (NYSE:PNW) will face very soon. Twenty-four percent of the nation's coal-fired generators do not meet emissions standards for mercury and sulfur, and utilities have not made a definitive decision on what to do with two-thirds of it. 

There are three ways that utility companies can go with these facilties, and each of them presents a clear path as to what the utility market will do over the next several years. Find out what these actions are and what they will mean for the energy landscape in the U.S. by tuning into the video below.