At one time, coal was predominantly used to heat homes and power railroad locomotives and factories. Today, however, coal serves different purposes for society. The chief use of coal is now electricity generation. More than 90 percent of the coal mined in the United States is used for electric power. Other uses include coking coal for steel manufacturing and industrial process heating. Small amounts are also used to make chemicals and specialty products, often from byproducts of other processes. More information can be found in the following sections:

 

General Uses of Coal References

 

 

Last Modified on 2017-11-01
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