Coal is the fuel of choice for many small-scale businesses and even for some of the world’s most famous industries, including China.
The global industry has long relied on coal for power, and the price of natural gas has been skyrocketing, with the United States now the biggest importer of coal.
The world’s top three producers, India and Australia, are expected to become the largest producers in the next decade.
The challenge for those producers, however, is getting their coal to meet the demand for power.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the country’s power plants are overproducing coal.
But with more and more small-to-medium sized businesses relying on coal to supply electricity, there is growing pressure to find ways to meet this demand.
This story is a companion piece to a story on small- to medium-sized businesses using coal in the U.K. as part of a new study.
Learn more about the U!s Coal Transition and see the article on Business Insider.