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Coal Supply Prospects in North America

AUTHOR: Eric D. Jamieson
DATE: March 1993

This report analyses coal supply prospects in the USA and Canada separately, although they share many geological features, including coalfields. Separate treatment is warranted because different factors affect coal supply in the two countries.

The report starts with brief digests of previously published IEA Coal Research reports on the two countries, which appeared in the mid-1980s. It goes on to examine how subsequent changes in exogenous factors-such as the state of the two economies, relative fuel prices, energy supply and demand, electricity demand, regulations to protect the environment, and export demand - have affected North American coal suppliers. It assesses trends in coal production, demand and related infrastructure, particularly transport. It concludes with an analysis of prospects for coal supply and prices in each country.

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