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State’s coal consumption reverses national trend (11:02 a.m. 3/2/10)

New data shows that while the nation’s coal consumption falls, Wisconsin increased its consumption of coal for power production by 1.1 percent between November 2008 and November 2009.

The nation’s consumption of coal dropped 9.3 percent in that same time span, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s February 2010 “Electric Power Monthly.”  Wisconsin’s increase in coal use is attributable to the state’s recent construction of three new coal plants, according to a press release from environmental advocacy organization Clean Wisconsin.

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