Coal represents 40% of South Carolina’s power generation capacity and has provided a historically inexpensive source of electricity for in-state residents and businesses.  However, costs have risen significantly in recent years due to more stringent emissions regulations, challenges associated with coal ash storage, and an increasing global demand for coal.

Today, South Carolina spends over $1 billion per year importing coal to fuel the 36 coal fired generating stations located at 12 sites around the state.  This coal is sourced from Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and South America.

Additional information on coal:

American Economic Association study on how to account for the full cost of coal

The Charleston Post & Courier’s special reports on mercury and coal ash

Global subsidies for fossils fuels reach $409 billion


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