The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) is a partnership of the industries involved in producing electricity from coal. We recognize the inextricable linkage between energy, the economy and our environment. Toward that end, ACCCE supports policies that promote the use of coal, one of America’s largest domestically produced energy resources, to ensure a reliable and affordable supply of electricity to meet our nation’s growing demand for energy. We also recognize that technology has been a major driver in reducing the environmental impact of coal-based generation, and we are focused on supporting investments that will bring the next generation of advanced clean coal technologies to the marketplace to further reduce emissions – including the capture and safe storage of CO2 emissions.
Formed in 2008, ACCCE combines the assets and missions of predecessor organizations – the Center for Energy and Economic Development (CEED) and Americans for Balanced Energy Choices (ABEC). Our name clearly reflects who we are and our belief that technology will help ensure that coal remains a fuel for the future when it comes to meeting America's energy and environmental needs. View a list of our members here.
Because electricity is essential to living and working in the modern world, we believe it is important to understand where America gets its electricity, as well as coal’s critical role in the generating process.
Coal is the dominant source of our electricity
Coal-fueled electricity has provided almost half of America’s electricity generation over the past decade – or about twice as much as the next largest fuel source. It’s simple: Coal is one of our country’s most abundant domestically produced energy resources – and America has more coal within its borders than any other country. In fact, more than a quarter of the world’s known recoverable coal reserves are located right here at home in the U.S.
Coal helps keep electricity prices affordable
Generally, states that rely the most on coal to generate electricity have the lowest rates. In 2011, 30 states had electricity rates below the national average retail price of 9.99 cents/kWh. Those 30 states, which on average, generate 60 percent of their electricity from coal, pay an average of 8.7 cents/kWh.
We’re committed to making coal a clean energy source
We’re committed to ensuring that America’s energy future is a clean one. Of course, commitment is more than a word – it requires action. We have a long history of deploying clean coal technologies to reduce air emissions – while at the same time providing affordable, reliable electricity to meet growing energy needs.
America can continue to make great progress in improving environmental quality while at the same time enjoying the benefits of using domestic energy resources like coal to meet our growing demand for affordable, reliable and clean electricity.