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Indiana ranks 4th in nation in coal power

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 21, 2014 at 1:32 pm •  Published: May 21, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Coal-dependent Indiana, which gets 84 percent of its electricity from coal-fired power, ranks fourth in the nation behind West Virginia, Kentucky and Wyoming in the amount of its power that comes from that fossil fuel, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Indiana's average retail electricity prices in 2010 ranked 13th in the nation at 7.67 cents per kilowatt-hour, compared with the national average of 9.83 cents per kilowatt-hour, the EIA said.

But the state's power prices are expected to be 14 percent higher in 2020 than they would be without new federal pollution rules, according to the State Utility Forecasting Group, a state-funded, Purdue University research group.

Even with that increase, Indiana's power prices would remain among the cheapest in the nation.

The new Environmental Protection Agency rules are aimed at cutting soot particles that damage the lungs, smog-forming chemicals and other toxics released by the burning of coal for power.

The U.S. Supreme Court last month backed EPA limits on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and burden downwind areas with bad air from power plants they can't control.

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