The Appalachian coalfield's energy transition and prospects

Carl E. Zipper, Jeff Skousen, Christopher D. Barton

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The USA and world economies are experiencing an energy transition. The transition is occurring rapidly in eastern USA with consequent effects on Appalachian coal production and markets. Areas of Appalachia where coal mining was most intensive face the future with mining-impaired lands and waters and with economic and human health problems. The region's underutilized mined lands, most of which are not in productive use, present opportunities for productive use that will expand if current energy production and use trends continue as projected. Quality of life enhancements, including environmental restoration of mined areas and improved educational and health-care access, have potential to aid Appalachian coalfield communities' transition to a more prosperous future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAppalachia's Coal-Mined Landscapes
Subtitle of host publicationResources and Communities in a New Energy Era
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783030577803
StatePublished - Nov 25 2020

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  • Coal legacy
  • Coal mining
  • Economic development
  • Environmental restoration
  • Quality of life
  • Renewable energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • General Engineering


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