Rail rates for coal fell despite major shift to low-sulfur supply areas

The inflation-adjusted rates that electric utilities paid to ship coal by rail decreased by 26 percent between 1988 and 1997, and the rates for low-sulfur coal dropped by an even larger 35 percent.

Nov. 30, 2000–In a filing sure to set off a tough regulatory and legislative struggle, Wisconsin Energy Corp. Thursday asked the Public Service Commission (PSC) to rule a new generation affiliate can build 1,700 MW of merchant generating capacity within its electric utility’s service territory under existing state law.

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