A host of economic, political, and environmental concerns are pushing organizations—many of them profit-seeking businesses—to try to use less coal or stop using it altogether. The big increase in the production of natural gas, the sharp rise in renewables, state efforts to improve air quality, and stricter standards promulgated by the federal government are pushing utilities to act: either to install expensive new controls on coal plants or shut them down. Coal isn’t being banned or outlawed. But the rapidly changing environment is pushing businesses to reconsider its use.

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