America Is Burning the Least Coal Ever With Virus Sapping Demand

Coal consumption in the U.S. has hit a record low as the pandemic slashes energy demand.

Power plants burned just 27.4 million short tons of the fuel in April, a 27% decrease from the previous year and the lowest monthly level in Energy Information Data going back to 1973.

America Is Burning the Least Coal Ever With Virus Sapping Demand

Overall U.S. electricity consumption fell 4% year-on-year, to the lowest since November 2001, the EIA said in its Today In Energy report. The dip, driven by industrial and commercial users, comes as residential demand jumped 8%.

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