DOE predicts national decline in energy use

Casper, WY – The U.S. Department of Energy says electrical consumption will likely decline next year but industry experts say they expect Wyoming's coal industry will remain stable.

The DOE says electrical consumption flattened this year and will likely decline slightly next year. The agency says it expects coal production to drop 2.6 percent nationally next year.

Marion Loomis is executive director of the Wyoming Mining Association. He says he expects that coal production in Wyoming will be the last to be cut because its cost of delivering energy is as competitive or more competitive than other coal fields.