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How much land is used to strip mine the coal needed to generate a gigawatt hour?

Land required for strip mining coal to generate a gigawatt hour (GWh) of electricity

For every gigawatt hour of electricity generated in coal power plants, 0.09 acres of land must be strip mined to obtain the necessary fuel.

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This analysis is referenced in Straight facts on the environmental impact of coal: CO2, pollution, land, and water.

Code: m126 GWhLandCoal math xbMath

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