SOURCE: Global Energy Decisions

April 23, 2007 10:15 ET

New Maps Shed Light on Low-Sulfur Coal Industry

Global Energy Decisions Announces Release of 20 New QUAD Maps

BOULDER, CO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 23, 2007 --Global Energy Decisions today announced the release of the 2007 edition of its QUAD series of maps, by far the most comprehensive representation of the Appalachian coal industry.

The QUAD wall map series is comprised of 20 individual wall maps, each covering one USGS 1:100k Quadrangle and depicting areas of coal reserve control by controlling entity, coal mine locations, railroads, rail sidings, preparation plants, river loading facilities, transmission lines and power plants. Cities, towns, counties and topography provide further reference.

In an era of increasingly tight domestic coal supply -- especially for low-sulfur eastern coal -- these maps provide a detailed view of reserve ownership as well as the mine and transportation infrastructure for getting the coal to market. In its recent study, "Can Coal Deliver? America's Coal Potential and Limits," Global Energy found that US coal consumption is growing by 4% per year, but ready reserves are growing by only 2%. The QUAD maps provide a geographic blueprint for the evolving consolidation of reserves and productive capacity in the nation's highest quality coal basin.

But new growth will bring further consolidation in the coal industry and the potential entry of new global scale players able to exploit new technologies for competitive advantage. These one-of-a-kind maps are a must for every coal producer and consumer relying on the ongoing supply of this valuable commodity.

Highlights include:

--  Coal Reserve tracts by company
--  All mines producing in 2006 (nearly 900), labeled with name, operator
    and '06 tonnage.  Indicated as surface or underground
--  Operating Prep Plants by name and company
--  Rail Sidings labeled with name and FSAC
--  Detailed data tables showing coal mine operator/ownership, 2006
    production, and map location.

For more information, or to purchase the maps visit or call 303-444-2393.

About Global Energy Decisions: Global Energy provides energy organizations with solutions based on a common framework of software applications, energy markets data, maps, 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