2016 was the lowest coal-producing year in Colorado in decades. 2017 definitely saw a bit of a rebound as coal production increased by roughly 20% over 2016. The West Elk Mine and Energy Mine both seemed to secure new contracts as new train symbols have been showing up on the Moffat. That 20% increase comes despite the Cherokee power plant in northeast Denver and the Valmont power plant in Boulder switching from Colorado coal to natural gas. This train, originating off UP in the east, heads west at Leyden for the West Elk Mine.
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