SOURCE: Global Energy Decisions

October 18, 2005 11:15 ET

Two New Maps Developed in Response to Coal Industry's Resurgence

BOULDER, CO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 18, 2005 -- Recent events have highlighted the need to diversify America's energy supply, including the need to increase the use of abundant, geographically-diverse and economical fuels like coal. To better understand this important energy source, Global Energy Decisions has developed two new industry wall maps -- the 2006 U.S. Coal Industry map and the 2006 Southern Powder River Basin map.

"Coal is very hot right now. We received so many phone calls wanting updated coal maps and data that we knew these two maps were something the industry needed," said Jason McMahan, President, Global Energy Maps.

"We spent several months researching coal industry details. The result is a map that is, without doubt, the most up-to-date and comprehensive reference tool of its kind available. We're confident that this is the definitive map of the U.S. coal industry."

The 2006 U.S. Coal Industry Map is a 48" x 92" presentation-quality, full color wall map presenting the following features:

--  Coal Mines.  Nearly 700 coal mines producing 100,000 tons in 2004 are
    located, labeled with mine name and owner, and indicated by 2004 production
    and surface/underground.
--  Utility Consumers.  Over 500 utility consumers are clearly displayed
    according to coal consumption, scrubber status, and terminating
    transportation type.  Labeled with plant name and operator.
--  Detailed Data.  Data tables showing plants and their operator, coal
    consumption, and map location.  Mines and operator, owner, production and
    map location. Industrial consumers by company, facility name and map
    location.  Common abbreviations.
--  Basin-to-Plant Rail Distance!  Data table showing average railroad
    distance from the plant to major coal supply regions.
--  Industrial Coal Consumers. Locations of nearly 500 major industrial
    coal consumers - by company and facility name.
--  Railroads.  160,000 miles of Class 1 and shortline railroads, clearly
    portraying joint-track and trackage rights.
--  Other Coal Transportation.  The inland waterway system, mileposts, and
    major coal trans-loading facilities.
--  Detailed Insets.  Enhanced detail of Appalachia and the Illinois Basin
    as well as a thematic map showing 2004 utility plant consumption by source
    region, reflecting the latest analyses from Global Energy's Fuels division.
--  Reference Features.  Cities, states, counties, topography and more.
The 2006 South Powder River Basin Map is a 30" x 48" presentation-quality, full color wall map and displays similar detail. Augmented with township/range/section delineations, mine permit boundaries, LBAs and selected tracts, coalbed methane study areas, and the latest high-resolution satellite imagery for a complete picture of the region.

For more information on both maps, please visit or call 303-444-2393.

About Global Energy Decisions:

About Global Energy: Global Energy provides energy organizations with solutions based on a common framework of software applications, energy markets data, and advisory services to enable energy professionals to forecast electricity pricing and demand, conduct resource planning, perform strategic studies and competitor analysis, manage risk, trade energy and schedule delivery, and optimize generation performance. Based in Boulder, Colo., Global Energy has over 400 customer relationships worldwide with the industry's leading market participants. More information about Global Energy is available at

Global Energy Maps is the cartographic division of Global Energy Decisions.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Jason McMahan