Data & methodology. Current weekly estimates; Download weekly estimates. Current estimates contain both current EIA original estimates (shaded) and revised estimates (not shaded). The revised estimates (not shaded) include the most recent MSHA data available as of the release date of the table.
Average weekly coal commodity spot prices (dollars per short ton); Coal commodity regions Week ending; Central Appalachia 12,500 Btu, 1.2 SO 2: Northern Appalachia 13,000 Btu, 3.0 SO 2: Illinois Basin 11,800 Btu, 5.0 SO 2: Powder River Basin 8,800 Btu, 0.8 SO 2: Uinta Basin 11,700 Btu, 0.8 SO 2: Source: With permission, Coal Markets
In other large coal producing countries, production followed a downward trend: it contracted by 3.3% in India, where a prolonged monsoon season derailed the government’s target to boost domestic output and to cut its reliance on coal imports, in the USA (-6.7%, due to a falling demand from the power sector coupled with declining prices that
Coal mining in the United States is an industry in transition. Production in 2017 was down 33% from the peak production of 1,162.7 million short tons (1,055 million metric tons) in 2006.Employment of 50,000 coal miners is down from a peak of 883,000 in 1923. Generation of electricity is the largest user of coal, being used to produce 50% of electric power in 2005 and 27% in 2018.
Coal power in the United States generates about 20% of the country's electricity. It accounted for 39% of production at utility-scale facilities in 2014, 33% in 2015, 30.4% in 2016, 30.0% in 2017, 27.4% in 2018, 23.5% in 2019, and 19.3% in 2020. Coal supplied 12.6 quadrillion Btu (3,700 TWh) of primary energy to electric power plants in 2017, which made up 91% of coal's contribution to US
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy supports activities to advance coal-to-hydrogen technologies, specifically through the process of coal gasification with carbon capture, utilization, and storage. DOE anticipates that coal gasification for hydrogen production with carbon capture, utilization, and storage could be deployed in the mid-term time frame.
Jan 25, 2021 Coal ash, also referred to as coal combustion residuals (CCR), can be used in different products and materials. Coal ash can be beneficially used to replace virgin materials removed from the earth, thus conserving natural resources.
Apr 13, 2021 The largest coal-producing region in the United States is now the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming, where 16 mines produce 43% of U.S. coal. The region is sparsely populated, and the population is roughly 85% White and 11% Native American.
Dec 15, 2017 While coal is currently mined in 25 states, the main sources of US coal are highly concentrated. In 2016, almost 58 percent of all the coal produced in the United States came from just three states—Kentucky, West Virginia, and Wyoming—with each contributing 6, 11, and 40 percent of US coal production, respectively .
Coal CO2 emissions were flat during 2014-2019 (red line) despite coal generation rising 1.4% (yellow), as the chart below shows. Since coal capacity continues to increase (pink), existing coal plants are running for fewer hours (purple). On average, the world’s coal plants were running around half the time in 2019, with a load factor of 53.5%.