Despite Pennsylvania’s long history as a major coal producer, information on the coal geology (Fig. 1), remaining resources, and extent of past mining is not available for many areas of the state. Such information is critical for present and future coal exploration and development, environmental protection, mine-hazard identification and mitigation, and land-use planning.
The United States has more estimated recoverable coal reserves than any other nation except China and is a net exporter of coal. In 2015, coal provided 33% of the electricity consumed across the country, and 91% of coal produced in the United States was used to generate electricity.
The Energy Information Administration Energy Mapping System provides an interactive map of U.S. power plants, pipelines and transmission lines, and energy resources. Using the map tool, users can view a selection of different map layers displaying the location and information about: