Wind And Natural Gas Are Killing Coal, Not ‘War On Coal,’ Study Claims

Posted by Patrick Barnard

 May 8, 2018

Cheap natural gas prices and the increasing availability of wind energy are pummeling the coal industry more than regulation, claims a new economic analysis from the University of Colorado Boulder and North Carolina State University.

Co-lead author Daniel Kaffine, a CU Boulder associate professor in economics, looked at natural gas, wind and coal-fired power generation across 20 U.S. states from 2008 to 2013 in the study, which was published in the American Economic Journal this month.

The study found a “significant” link between plummeting natural gas prices, increased wind generation capability and the drop-off in U.S. coal-burning.