hard coal

noun

Examples of hard coal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The European Union imported 53% of hard coal from Russia in 2020, which accounted for 30% of the EU’s hard coal consumption. Samuel Petrequin, ajc, 5 Apr. 2022 In Germany last year, in part because of low winds and the already rising price of natural gas, hard coal and lignite accounted for 28 percent of electricity production — contributing to a rise of a 4.5 percent in overall emissions over the previous year. Vanessa Guinan-Bank, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2022 Until Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Berlin happily relied on Moscow for more than half of its gas imports, a third of its oil and half of its hard coal imports, ignoring warnings from the United States and other allies about the leverage this gave Russia. New York Times, 16 June 2022 Use of hard coal and lignite to generate power in the EU rose by 6% in 2022 from a year earlier. Lars Paulsson, Fortune, 16 Jan. 2023 But with low Rhine levels, hard coal transported from Dutch ports like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Atwerp could be in danger, according to analysts, while coal reserves at power plants are only enough for about one week. Alena Botros, Fortune, 4 Aug. 2022 Bexbach was built to burn local coal, but the area’s last hard coal mine closed in 2012. Vanessa Guinan-Bank, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2022 However, Germany has since succeeded in cutting Russian fuel down to 25% of its oil imports, 40% of its natural gas imports and 25% of its hard coal imports, Reuters reported in April. Zachary Snowdon Smith, Forbes, 1 May 2022 For years, Berlin happily relied on Moscow for more than half of its gas imports, a third of its oil and half of its hard coal imports, ignoring warnings from the United States and other allies about Russia weaponizing its energy supplies. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022

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First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hard coal was in 1653

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