Peabody Energy Chairman and CEO Greg Boyce Outlines 'Peabody Plan' to Eliminate Energy Poverty and Inequality

By Peabody Energy, PRNE
Monday, September 13, 2010

MONTREAL, September 14, 2010 - Peabody Energy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gregory H. Boyce
today outlined a multi-step plan to eliminate energy poverty and inequality
by unlocking the power of coal to advance energy security, generate economic
stimulus and create environmental solutions. The 'Peabody Plan' was unveiled
during a keynote address before the 21st World Energy Congress in Montreal.
The Congress is a gathering of global energy leaders from nearly 100 member
nations convened every three years.

Boyce called for greater use of coal to expand electrification, propel
job creation and global economies, and deploy green coal technologies to
achieve environmental goals.

"The greatest crisis we confront in the 21st Century is not a future
environmental crisis predicted by computer models, but a human crisis today
that is fully within our power to solve. For too long, too many have been
focused on the wrong end game," said Boyce.

"For everyone who has voiced a 2050 greenhouse gas goal, we need 10
people and policy bodies working toward the goal of broad energy access. Only
once we have a growing, vibrant, global economy providing energy access and
an improved human condition for billions of the energy impoverished can we
accelerate progress on environmental issues such as a reduction in greenhouse

Boyce noted that there are 3.6 billion people in the world - more than
half the global population - who lack adequate energy access. And another 2
billion will require power as the world population grows in the next two
decades. This means the world is on a path to have 5 to 6 billion people
without adequate access to electricity in as little as 20 years.

"Study after study - and pure common sense - tell us that access to
electricity helps people live longer and better. Yet each year, we lose more
than 1.5 million people to the effects of energy poverty," said Boyce. "We
can no longer turn our heads from these brutal statistics. We must put people
first. This is the first value."

Boyce called for recalibrating priorities to:

    - Eliminate energy poverty as priority one;
    - Create energy access for all by 2050;
    - Advance all energy forms for long-term access, recognizing coal is the
      only fuel that can meet the world's rising energy demand; and
    - Deploy advanced coal technologies on a path to near-zero emissions.

The world has approximately 1,000 gigawatts of traditional coal-fueled
plants. Boyce observed that replacing these with supercritical plants would
drive major global reindustrialization and enormous reductions in carbon
dioxide without using carbon capture and storage.

Replacing older plants would create US$4.3 trillion in economic benefits
and 21 million new construction jobs during a four-year construction cycle,
according to a study by Management Information Services in Washington, D.C.
Avoided carbon dioxide emissions would equate to removing more than the
entire passenger car fleet in the United States. The Peabody Plan calls for:

    1. Working to eliminate energy poverty and propelling global economies by
       ensuring that at least half of new generation is fueled by coal, the
       dominant global baseload source of power;
    2. Replacing the 1,000 gigawatts of traditional coal plants with
       supercritical and ultrasupercritical plants, which are more efficient
       and carbon capture ready;
    3. Developing at least 100 major projects around the world that capture,
       store or use carbon dioxide from coal-based plants within 20 years;
    4. Deploying significant coal-to-gas, coal-to-chemicals and
       coal-to-liquids projects around the world over the next 10 years. Such
       plants are in heavy development in China, and doing so elsewhere would
       reduce risky reliance on scarce oil and volatile natural gas; and
    5. Commercializing and deploying next generation clean coal technologies
       to achieve continued environmental improvement and ultimately
       near-zero emissions.

Coal is the world's fastest-growing fuel, and coal use expanded nearly 50
percent this past decade. "Every tenfold increase in electricity is linked to
a stunning 10-year increase in lifespans," said Boyce. "Coal is the only
sustainable fuel with the scale to meet the primary energy needs of the
world's rising populations and economies."

Peabody's plan would go far to eliminate energy poverty and energy
inequality, and ensure full global access to electricity by 2050. Social and
economic progress in the developing world is also the task of leaders in
developed nations, Boyce said. "Poverty and economic stagnation sting
equally, regardless of the color of one's flag."

The World Energy Council was established in 1923 and is a multi-energy
organization with member committees in nearly 100 nations. The 2010 Congress
has brought together more than 5,000 world leaders in the field of energy
from industry, governments, academia, international organizations and
industry associations.

Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) is the world's largest private-sector coal
company and a global leader in clean coal solutions. With 2009 sales of 244
million tons and US$6 billion in revenues, Peabody fuels 10 percent of U.S.
power and 2 percent of worldwide electricity.

Editor's Note: The full presentation may be downloaded at

    Beth Sutton

Beth Sutton, +1-928-699-8243, for Peabody Energy

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