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Annual Coal Distribution Report

Release Date: December 19, 2013   |   Next Release Date: December 12, 2014  |   full report 
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The Annual Coal Distribution Report (ACDR) provides detailed information on domestic coal distribution by origin state, destination state, consumer category, and method of transportation. Also provided is a summary of foreign coal distribution by coal-producing state. All data for 2012 are final, and this report supersedes the 2012 quarterly coal distribution reports.

Highlights for 2012:

  • Total coal distributions for 2012 were 1,003.1 million short tons (mmst), a decrease of 7.9% compared to 2011.
  • Distributions to domestic destinations were 877.3 mmst, a decrease of 104.1 mmst (i.e. 10.6% decrease) compared to 2011. Distributions to foreign destinations were 125.7 mmst, an increase of 18.5 mmst (i.e. 17.2% increase) over 2011.
  • Wyoming was the leading origin state of coal, accounting for about 398.9 mmst of domestic shipments, while Texas was the leading destination for coal, accounting for about 101.1 mmst of receipts.
  • Railroads moved about 69.6% of the domestic coal, while Truck accounted for 11.6%, River about 11.6% and Tramway, Conveyor, and Slurry Pipeline accounted for 7.1%. Great Lakes and Tidewater Pier transport modes accounted for less than 0.2% of the total shipments.
  • Electric Power sector received approximately 92.7% of the domestic distribution, while industrial plants excluding coke received 4.8%, coke plants about 2.2%, and commercial and institutional plants about 0.2%.

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Domestic and foreign distribution of U.S. coal by origin State Domestic distribution of U.S. coal by:
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