Coal: Alaska’s Abundant Energy Supply

It’s been said that the United States is the "Saudi Arabia" of coal, and it’s true.

According to the Department of Energy, the U.S. has one-fourth of the world’s coal reserves, containing more energy content than all of the known recoverable oil resources in the world.

Alaska’s only operating coal mine, the Usibelli Coal Mine in Healy, has sufficient resources to meet Alaska’s current demand for hundreds of years.

For all of its abundance, however, coal is underutilized as a means of generating electricity in Alaska. In the U.S. as a whole, 45 percent of electricity comes from coal. In Alaska, the figure is about 10 percent.

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