peak coal

China Coal Use Can Peak this Decade: What Did the IEA Miss?

December 22, 2014 by Lauri Myllyvirta

China Peak Coal and the IEA

The IEA published its Medium-Term Coal Market Report, with a lot of attention devoted to proffering the notion that China’s coal consumption will continue to grow until the end of this decade. A thorough analysis of Chinese energy trends suggests that coal peak is much more achievable than the IEA made it seem.[read more]

China and Coal: The Reality Distortion Field is as Strong as Ever

December 4, 2014 by David Hone

China Coal Realism


It is very clear from all the reports coming from China that there is real concern about the use of coal and its link with the air quality in many major cities, and the Chinese government is starting to address it through the management of coal use. But coal use continues to increase, albeit more slowly than in recent years.[read more]

Are We Close to Peak Coal in China?

July 7, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

China Peak Coal?

Last year, renewable energy made up nearly 70% of new electric generation capacity additions in China. That figure would be more impressive if coal wasn’t the leader of Chinese energy, accounting for about 65% of the country’s energy mix. But coal’s tight grip on the country may start to wane soon.[read more]

Peak Coal: Will the US Run Out of Coal in 20 Years or 200 Years?

November 4, 2013 by Herman Trabish

Peak Coal?

U.S. coal production has peaked, and the miscalculations that have led to estimates of a 200-year supply could create a serious electricity deficit for the nation, according to a new report from advocacy group Clean Energy Action.[read more]

Life After Coal. It's Sooner Than You Think

February 18, 2009 by Tom Konrad

 This article was first published at A couple years ago, I began to see reports that coal supplies might not last the 200+ years we've all been lead to believe, so I wrote an article about what you could do to prepare your portfolio for Peak Coal. Now two years have passed, and Peak Coal is undeniably 2 years...[read more]

Is 450 ppm politically possible? Part 2.6: What is the impact of peak oil and peak coal?

April 24, 2008 by Joseph Romm

[Yesterday, my page views hit a peak for the year (so far) — 35,000 in Google analytics. I’m going to take that as a sign readers are interested in the details of this subject. This post presents calculations I haven’t seen anywhere else, and since different sources provide somewhat different numbers, please view the numbers as crude...[read more]