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Coal Markets

Release date: February 1, 2016  |  Next release date: February 8, 2016   |  Archive

Average weekly coal commodity spot prices
dollars per short ton
Week ending Week ago
change
Central Appalachia
12,500 Btu, 1.2 SO2
Northern Appalachia
13,000 Btu, < 3.0 SO2
Illinois Basin
11,800 Btu, 5.0 SO2
Powder River Basin
8,800 Btu, 0.8 SO2
Uinta Basin
11,700 Btu, 0.8 SO2
Source: With permission, SNL Energy
Note: Coal prices shown reflect those of relatively high-Btu coal selected in each region for delivery in the "prompt quarter." The prompt quarter is the quarter that follows the current quarter. For example, the 2nd quarter is the prompt quarter of a period between January to the end of March. For a period between April to the end of June, the 3rd quarter (July through September) is the prompt quarter. In the row headings, the Btu value represents heat value per pound, and the SO2 value reflects its percentage of total coal weight. The historical spot price data are proprietary and cannot be released by EIA; see SNL Energy. See SNL Energy.

    
Average weekly coal commodity spot prices
dollars per mmbtu
Week ending Week ago
change
Central Appalachia
12,500 Btu, 1.2 SO2
Northern Appalachia
13,000 Btu, < 3.0 SO2
Illinois Basin
11,800 Btu, 5.0 SO2
Powder River Basin
8,800 Btu, 0.8 SO2
Uinta Basin
11,700 Btu, 0.8 SO2
Source: With permission, SNL Energy
Note: Coal prices shown reflect those of relatively high-Btu coal selected in each region for delivery in the "prompt quarter." The prompt quarter is the quarter that follows the current quarter. For example, the 2nd quarter is the prompt quarter of a period between January to the end of March. For a period between April to the end of June, the 3rd quarter (July through September) is the prompt quarter. In the row headings, the Btu value represents heat value per pound, and the SO2 value reflects its percentage of total coal weight. The historical spot price data are proprietary and cannot be released by EIA; see SNL Energy. See SNL Energy.

    

About the Coal Markets Report

The "Coal Markets Report" summarizes average weekly coal commodity spot prices by coal regions in the United States. The historical data for coal commodity spot market prices are proprietary and not available for public release.

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About the NYMEX

The New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) offers coal futures and options contracts. For the NYMEX futures market, coal contracts specify delivery by seller to the buyer. The actual origins of the coal are not defined, but the coal must meet a set of specifications as to heat, ash, moisture, sulfur, volatile matter, hardness or grind ability, and sizing and must be delivered in a specified quantity of tons. NYMEX contract specifications can be found at: www.cmegroup.com.

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