U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
Weekly Coal Production
Data for week ended: May 16, 2015 | Release date: May 21, 2015 | Next release date: May 28, 2015
Note: As of January 8, 2015, EIA began using a new methodology for estimating weekly coal production. The change in methodology resulted in an overall improvement in precision and reduction in bias at the national and regional levels. This change also eliminated existing system issues and greatly reduced the amount of resources needed to produce the report each week. However, in some states, the level of precision declined as a result of the methodology change. Alternatively, in some states, the level of precision improved. The accompanying spreadsheet, "Comparison Model Performance vs Actual," contains a statistical comparison of the previous vs. new methodology with actual coal production for the past five years. Users are encouraged to review these results in order to make informed use of the state-level estimates. Please note: comparisons were done at the quarterly level, as this is the shortest interval for which actual coal production data exist; actual weekly or monthly coal production data are not available from any known source.
In response to customer feedback, EIA resumed publishing the weekly state level estimates beginning with the Weekly Coal Production report published February 12, 2015. EIA also provided weekly state level estimates covering the entire period since the change in methodology was implemented.
For the week ended May 16, 2015:
- Estimated U.S. coal production totaled approximately 16.0 million short tons (mmst)
- This production estimate is about the same as last week's estimate and 14.2% lower than the production estimate in the comparable week in 2014
- East of the Mississippi River coal production totaled 6.7 mmst
- West of the Mississippi River coal production totaled 9.4 mmst
- U.S. year-to-date coal production totaled 347.8 mmst, 6.4% lower than the comparable year-to-date coal production in 2014
|Weekly coal production estimates by region and state|
|Current weekly estimates||xls|
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. Most recent MSHA data available are for the fourth quarter of 2014.
Weekly coal production estimation methodology
Comparison Model Performance vs Actual
Revised and original estimates (weekly and monthly):
|Historical data files|
Revised estimate tables include the most recent MSHA data available, which are for the fourth quarter of 2014, and the tables contain only revised estimates.
Original estimate tables contain only EIA original estimates, unrevised.
Coal Data Browser