PowerSouth Energy Cooperative’s Charles R. Lowman Power Plant, Leroy
Electricity’s Fuel Alabama has lower electricity costs than the rest of the country. Coal and natural gas are the reasons. By Scott Gates
Y Alabama’s electric cooperatives relied on coal for roughly 53 percent of all generated power in 2009.
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ou can’t go far down an Alabama road without crossing a bridge. More than 77,000 miles of rivers and streams flow through the state, enough to circle the earth three times over. As a result, Alabama is one of the top producers of hydroelectric power east of the Rockies (second only to New York), with more than two dozen dams churning out electricity – largely on the Alabama and Coosa Rivers. And yet, all of that power amounts to only a fraction of what Alabama residents use every year: Hydropower accounts for roughly 5 percent of the state’s electricity generation and 9 percent for members of electric cooperatives, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), a part of the U.S. Department of Energy that tracks national energy use. www.alabamaliving.coop
Published on Feb 8, 2012