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Annual Coal Distribution Report

Release Date: April 16, 2015   |   Next Release Date: January 2016  |   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 2013 are final and this report supersedes the 2013 quarterly coal distribution reports.

Highlights for 2013:

  • Total coal distributions for 2013 were 976.0 million short tons (mmst), a decrease of 2.7% compared with 2012.
  • Distributions to domestic destinations were 858.3 mmst, a decrease of 19.0 mmst (i.e. 2.2% decreases) compared with 2012. Distributions to foreign destinations were 117.7 mmst, a decrease of 8.1 mmst (i.e. 6.4% decreases) over 2012.
  • Wyoming was the leading origin state of coal, accounting for about 385.5 mmst of domestic shipments, while Texas was the leading destination for coal, accounting for about 99.0 mmst of receipts.
  • Railroads moved about 67.9% of the domestic coal, while river accounted for 12.6%, truck about 11.5% and tramway, conveyor, and slurry pipeline accounted for 8.0%. Great lakes and tidewater pier transport modes accounted for less than 0.1% of the total shipments.
  • The electric power sector received approximately 92.5% of the domestic distribution, while industrial plants excluding coke received 5.0%, coke plants about 2.3%, and commercial and institutional plants about 0.2%.



Coal Data Contacts


Domestic and foreign distribution of U.S. coal by origin State Domestic distribution of U.S. coal by:
origin State, consumer, destination and method of transportation destination State, consumer, destination and method of transportation

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