This excerpt taken from the ACI 10-K filed Mar 1, 2007.
Our profitability and the value of our coal reserves depend upon coal demand by United States electric power generators and other factors beyond our control.
|||the overall demand for electricity, which in turn significantly depends on general economic conditions and summer and winter temperatures in the United States;|
|||environmental and government regulation, including air emission standards for domestic and foreign coal-fired power plants;|
|||the location, availability, quality and price of competing sources of coal, alternative fuels, such as natural gas, oil and nuclear, and alternative energy sources, such as hydroelectric, wind and solar power; and|
|||technological developments, including the effects of worldwide energy conservation measures.|