Rhode Island and coal
In 2005, Rhode Island emitted 10.5 tons of CO2 per person - about half the U.S. average, and the second-lowest level of carbon emissions per capita of any state in the country (after Vermont). In 2005, 97.0% of Rhode Island's electric generating capacity came from natural gas-fired power plants.
Rhode Island has minor coal reserves, and small-scale coal mining operated in the state around the turn of the century. However, there are no longer any coal mines in the state.
Proposed coal plants
There are no proposals - either active or cancelled - to build coal-fired power plants in Rhode Island.
Coal lobbying groups
Coal power companies
Existing coal plants
There are no existing coal-fired power plants in Rhode Island.
Major coal mines
There are no coal mines in Rhode Island.
- Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
- Coal Production and Number of Mines by State and Mine Type, Energy Information Administration, accessed June 2008.
- Rhode Island Energy Consumption Information, eRedux website, accessed June 2008.
- New England's Latest Industry in a Rhode Island Coal Mine, New York Times, Aug. 2, 1909.
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- Existing U.S. Coal Mines
- Existing U.S. Coal Plants
- US proposed coal plants (both active and cancelled)
- Coal plants cancelled in 2007
- Coal plants cancelled in 2008
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