The unprecedented pinch on electrical power demand due to the economic shutdown has hit coal much harder than other power generation sources.
Decline ripples beyond job losses and bankruptcy filings as support for providers of social services drops amid rising need.
Some local residents call Highway 59 the ‘Coal Miner 500.’ The road between Douglas and Gillette is an artery to the beating heart of the PRB.
Economies of scale, shifting markets and over-capacity will all play into PRB coal’s fate, analysts say.
Company presented 30 potential “portfolios” for future power mix, almost all of which predict savings through early retirement of Wyoming coal-fired electrical generating units.