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ICYMI: Outlook 2020 shows trouble ahead for coal sector

May 01, 2020

May 1, 2020 (IEEFA U.S.) – The U.S. coal industry continues to face strong headwinds including shrinking energy demand as a result of a contracting global economy slowed by the coronavirus pandemic, according to IEEFA experts.

The outlook for 2020 remains bleak as increasing plant closures and bankruptcies rock the coal sector.

IEEFA analyst/editor Dennis Wamsted and data analyst Seth Feaster presented their latest findings during a webinar held on Tuesday, April 28.

In case you missed it, here are links to the recording and 2020 report:

Link to Coal Outlook 2020 Webinar on YouTube:

Link to the PowerPoint:


IEEFA Coal Outlook 2020 report:


IEEFA’s coal divestment directory: 100 and Counting major financial institutions


Author contacts


Dennis Wamsted / [email protected] / (703) 862-9324
Seth Feaster / [email protected] / (917) 670-4025


Media contact

Vivienne Heston ([email protected]) +1 (914) 439-8921


The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) examines issues related to energy markets, trends and policies. The Institute’s mission is to accelerate the transition to a diverse, sustainable and profitable energy economy.


Dennis Wamsted

At IEEFA, Dennis Wamsted focuses on the ongoing transition away from fossil fuels to green generation resources, focusing particularly on the electric power sector.

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Seth Feaster

Seth Feaster is an Energy Data Analyst whose work focuses on the coal industry and the U.S. power sector.

Before joining IEEFA, he created visual presentations at the New York Times for 25 years with a focus on complex financial and energy data; he also worked at The Federal Reserve Bank of New York. 

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