Coal is used as fuel for power plants generating electricity, when heating structures and in the steel manufacturing process. Many important substances are also made from the by-products of burning coal, including those ... More »

Coal is used in many different industrial countries for a variety of different industrial purposes, usually the generation of electrical power. However, it can also be used for other purposes, such as steel production an... More »

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The coal formation process takes millions of years. The coal in use today started to form over 300 million years ago as living trees, ferns and other types of plant material. Coal is a nonrenewable resource because the t... More »

According to the World Coal Association, the primary uses of coal are in electricity generation, the creation of liquid fuel, the production of steel and cement manufacturing. There are two primary types of coal, thermal... More »

Tidal energy is used to supply power plants with electricity. Tidal energy harnesses the power of water and the ocean in various ways. Very few commercial plants exist as tidal energy is still not widely in use. More »

As of 2015, it is not necessary to use coal to generate electricity, given the alternatives available; however, the United States is dependent upon coal as a fuel source. Coal generates 44 percent of the nation's electri... More »

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Wind power produces economic, energy and environmental benefits: it serves as a domestic fuel source, operates without burning coal and fossil fuels and provides a steady source of electricity. Wind energy comes primaril... More »