Table 7.4. Weighted Average Cost of Fossil Fuels for the Electric Power Industry, 2002 through 2012

  Coal Petroleum Natural Gas Total Fossil

Bituminous Subbituminous Lignite All Coal Ranks


Period Receipts (Trillion Btu) Average Cost (Dollars per MMBtu) Receipts (Trillion Btu) Average Cost (Dollars per MMBtu) Receipts (Trillion Btu) Average Cost (Dollars per MMBtu) Receipts (Trillion Btu) Average Cost (Dollars per MMBtu) Receipts (Trillion Btu) Average Cost (Dollars per MMBtu) Receipts (Trillion Btu) Average Cost (Dollars per MMBtu) Receipts (Trillion Btu) Average Cost (Dollars per MMBtu)
2002 10,198 1.41 6,878 1.05 851 1.04 17,982 1.25 751 3.34 5,750 3.56 24,483 1.86
2003 11,284 1.43 7,598 1.10 1,026 1.03 19,990 1.28 1,146 4.33 5,663 5.39 26,799 2.28
2004 11,260 1.55 7,817 1.12 1,012 1.06 20,189 1.36 1,155 4.29 5,891 5.96 27,234 2.48
2005 11,546 1.83 8,004 1.19 1,008 1.07 20,647 1.54 1,198 6.44 6,357 8.21 28,202 3.25
2006 11,789 2.03 8,842 1.31 982 1.15 21,735 1.69 610 6.23 6,856 6.94 29,201 3.02
2007 11,279 2.07 8,826 1.45 925 1.28 21,152 1.77 536 7.17 7,396 7.11 29,085 3.23
2008 11,119 2.50 9,087 1.62 896 1.41 21,280 2.07 575 10.87 8,089 9.02 29,945 4.11
2009 10,010 2.75 8,421 1.64 835 1.58 19,438 2.21 528 7.02 8,319 4.74 28,285 3.04
2010 9,652 2.81 8,545 1.73 925 1.62 19,290 2.27 445 9.54 8,867 5.09 28,602 3.26
2011 9,040 2.94 8,498 1.91 986 1.62 18,676 2.39 388 12.48 9,251 4.72 28,314 3.29
2012 7,502 2.89 7,722 1.97 931 1.80 16,266 2.38 237 12.48 9,747 3.42 26,249 2.83

* = Value is less than half of the smallest unit of measure. (e.g., for values with no decimals, the smallest unit is 1 then values under 0.5 are shown as *.)
NM = Not meaningful due to large relative standard error or excessive percentage change.
W = Withheld to avoid disclosure of individual company data.

Notes:
Coal includes anthracite, bituminous, subbituminous, lignite, and waste coal; coal synfuel and refined coal; and beginning in 2011, coal-derived synthesis gas. Prior to 2011 coal-derived synthesis gas was included in Other Gases.
Bituminous coal includes anthracite coal; and beginning in 2011, coal-derived synthesis gas. Prior to 2011 coal-derived synthesis gas was included in Other Gases.
Petroleum includes Petroleum Liquids and Petroleum Coke.
Petroleum Liquids includes distillate and residual fuel oils, jet fuel, kerosene, waste oil, and beginning in 2011, propane. Prior to 2011 propane was included in Other Gases.
Petroleum Coke includes petroleum coke-derived synthesis gas. Prior to 2011, petroleum coke-derived synthesis gas was included in Other Gases.
See the Technical Notes for fuel conversion factors.
See Glossary for definitions.
Values are final.
See Technical Notes for a discussion of the sample design for the Form EIA-923 and predecessor forms.
Totals may not equal sum of components because of independent rounding.

Sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Form EIA-923, "Power Plant Operations Report" and predecessor form(s) including Form EIA-423, "Monthly Cost and Quality of Fuels for Electric Plants Report" and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), FERC Form 423, "Monthly Report of Cost and Quality of Fuels for Electric Plants"