New Mines to Open Downstate
By Kevin Robinson in News on Nov 16, 2010 3:20PM
Phot by Michigan Radio.
The increased demand for coal can be traced to both an increase in coal consumption by both China and India, and demand for coal among energy producers that have "scrubbers" installed in their plants. Illinois coal is high-sulfur, and utilities need to have those scrubbers to produce energy that meets federal clean air standards. According to Gonet, 80 percent of Illinois coal is sold out-of-state. The TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) is one of the largest purchasers of Illinois coal," he said, adding that Illinois coal is exported to Europe as well, although the ICA doesn't track exports.