The reports says Appalachian production, which made up 26 percent of all U.S. coal production in 2015, would decline to 20 percent in 2040 under the plan. In the West, production would drop from 55 percent to 52 percent of the total; in the Interior basins (blue on EIA map), it would increase from 19 percent to 29 percent. Nationwide, coal production is projected to decline by 230 million tons—26 percent—between 2015 and 2040 under the plan, which calls for a 32 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030.
"Coal production in the Interior region of the country increases by 86 million tons by 2040 without a Clean Power Plan," Bruggers writes. "That region includes portions of Western Kentucky and Indiana. Even with those regulations, coal mining in the Interior region increases by 5 million tons by 2040, according to the report. Western production declines in both scenarios." (Read more)