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Ohio and Kentucky Coal Facts
Ohio Coal Facts:
Ohio ranks 4th nationally in coal consumption, trailing only Texas, Indiana, and Illinois
Ohio ranks 4th nationally in industrial energy consumption
Ohio ranks 7th nationally in coal reserves
Ohio ranks 13th nationally in coal production
Approximately 90 percent of Ohio’s electricity is generated by coal, compared to 50 percent nationwide and 40 percent worldwide
Ohio is home to 26 major coal-based electricity generating plants
In 1980, the average miner produced 1.93 tons per hour – today, the number has risen to 7.10 tons per hour, largely through technological advancements
Coal is currently mined in 16 Ohio counties and has been mined in 32 total counties since mining began in the early 19th century
57 percent of mined Ohio coal is transported by trains, with the balance being trucked and bargedSources:
Kentucky Coal Facts:
Approximately 73% of the coal produced in Kentucky is sold out-of-state each year.
There are 21 major coal-burning electric generating plants in Kentucky, and almost all (92.7%) of Kentucky’s electricity is generated from coal.
Kentucky mining companies have received 25 national reclamation awards from 1986 thru 2005 for outstanding achievement in surface mining. Coal mining creates valuable lands such as wildlife habitats, gently rolling mountaintops, wetlands, and industrial sites where only steep, unproductive hillsides had once existed. Kentucky operators have paid over $1.052 billion into the Federal Abandoned Mine Land Fund since 1978 to reclaim abandoned coal mines. Nationwide, operators have paid over $9 billion into this fund. Until 2006, all contributions were not allocated from the fund, but the Surface Mine Act was amended to force distribution of all monies within 7 years.