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Future trends in electrical energy generation economics in the United StatesDevelopments related to the economics of coal-fired systems in the U.S. are mainly considered. The historical background of the U.S. electric generation industry is examined and the U.S. electrical generation characteristics in the year 1975 are considered. It is pointed out that coal-fired power plants are presently the largest source of electrical energy generation in the U.S. Questions concerning the availability and quality of coal are investigated. Currently there are plans for converting some 50 large oil and gas-fired generating plants to coal, and it is expected that coal will be the fuel used in almost all fossil-fired base load additions to generating capacity. Aspects of advanced energy conversion from coal are discussed, taking into account the performance and economic potential of the energy conversion systems.
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Conference Paper
Schmitt, R. W.
(General Electric Co. Schenectady, NY, United States)
Fox, G. R.
(General Electric Co. Schenectady, NY, United States)
Shah, R. P.
(General Electric Co. Schenectady, NY, United States)
Stewart, P. J.
(General Electric Co. Schenectady, NY, United States)
Vermilyea, D. A.
(General Electric Co. Schenectady, N.Y., United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1977
Subject Category
Energy Production And Conversion
Meeting Information
World Electrotechnical Congress(Moscow)
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