The coal fleet has been the foundation of the American electricity grid and continues to be an integral part of the evolving energy landscape. Currently, the coal fleet is responsible for over 20 percent of U.S. electricity needs. With an infrastructure network that includes a complex transmission system, and access to highways, railways, and waterways, the coal fleet provides consistent, dispatchable, fuel-secure power on a 24/7 basis. It is critical to maintaining affordable electricity prices, and a reliable and resilient electricity grid.
During August 23-25, 2023, a severe heat wave affected 130 million people in 19 states and caused a significant increase in electricity demand. Energy Ventures Analysis (EVA) analyzed the performance of electricity resources in the three most affected ISOs