Table 7.5. Receipts, Average Cost, and Quality of Fossil Fuels: Electric Utilities, 2005 - 2015

  Coal Petroleum Liquids
  Receipts Average Cost   Receipts Average Cost  


Period
(Billion
Btu)
(Thousand
Tons)
(Dollars
per
MMBtu)
(Dollars
per
Ton)
Average Sulfur Percent by Weight Percentage of
Consumption
(Billion
Btu)
(Thousand
Barrels)
(Dollars
per
MMBtu)
(Dollars
per
Barrel)
Average Sulfur Percent by Weight Percentage of
Consumption
Annual Totals
2005 15,836,924 775,890 1.53 31.22 0.94 101.9 566,320 89,303 7.17 45.46 0.89 90.9
2006 16,197,852 797,361 1.69 34.26 0.92 105.8 269,033 42,415 8.33 52.80 0.82 79.2
2007 15,561,395 767,377 1.78 36.06 0.92 100.3 216,349 34,026 9.24 58.73 0.77 59.8
2008 15,347,396 764,399 2.06 41.32 0.93 100.5 240,937 38,891 15.83 98.09 0.60 99.7
2009 14,402,019 719,253 2.22 44.47 0.99 103.4 202,598 32,959 10.44 64.18 0.51 103.5
2010 14,226,995 713,094 2.27 45.33 1.14 98.8 189,790 31,099 13.94 85.07 0.48 101.0
2011 13,871,559 699,353 2.40 47.67 1.16 101.5 144,255 23,859 20.30 122.72 0.53 114.5
2012 11,939,543 609,445 2.43 47.51 1.18 99.0 86,030 14,252 22.11 133.44 0.41 81.3
2013 11,595,328 592,772 2.38 46.51 1.23 92.9 78,101 12,814 21.09 128.57 0.43 76.2
2014 12,064,810 614,728 2.39 46.95 1.21 98.3 98,357 16,161 19.90 121.14 0.44 82.0
2015 11,088,631 571,707 2.25 43.71 1.17 105.8 90,041 14,747 11.32 69.13 0.46 79.2
Year 2013
January 966,431 49,719 2.37 46.15 1.18 89.3 7,473 1,239 21.08 127.15 0.41 68.5
February 899,054 45,989 2.38 46.62 1.26 93.8 6,220 1,009 21.34 131.57 0.40 78.9
March 948,352 48,339 2.37 46.58 1.27 92.9 9,929 1,608 20.43 126.13 0.45 120.6
April 904,409 45,784 2.41 47.65 1.28 100.5 3,831 638 21.99 131.94 0.45 47.8
May 958,782 48,775 2.40 47.27 1.23 100.9 6,010 987 20.90 127.33 0.47 69.5
June 965,951 49,292 2.39 46.90 1.21 88.0 4,713 786 21.31 127.71 0.43 59.5
July 1,031,429 53,206 2.34 45.37 1.16 86.7 7,153 1,184 20.82 125.77 0.44 68.4
August 1,071,201 54,959 2.37 46.16 1.21 89.5 8,382 1,353 19.78 122.55 0.45 96.5
September 974,613 49,808 2.38 46.62 1.22 93.8 4,882 795 21.67 132.98 0.34 68.0
October 956,973 48,754 2.37 46.45 1.27 98.7 6,139 1,011 21.98 133.43 0.40 81.1
November 958,575 49,043 2.36 46.21 1.22 98.8 6,313 1,037 21.61 131.57 0.41 79.5
December 959,557 49,103 2.37 46.32 1.23 86.5 7,055 1,166 21.58 130.56 0.43 79.2
Year 2014
January 939,850 48,843 2.30 44.18 1.13 79.8 12,001 2,011 21.72 129.64 0.32 44.6
February 870,977 44,490 2.31 45.27 1.23 80.6 12,180 2,005 21.72 131.94 0.49 106.4
March 991,708 50,353 2.37 46.61 1.23 97.5 8,992 1,474 21.53 131.41 0.39 76.6
April 948,645 47,838 2.41 47.72 1.23 116.0 6,691 1,099 21.74 132.35 0.36 85.6
May 1,003,354 50,694 2.42 47.83 1.27 107.4 5,313 885 21.88 131.42 0.34 68.2
June 998,236 50,508 2.40 47.48 1.25 90.8 6,271 1,037 21.65 130.91 0.34 87.9
July 1,059,989 53,961 2.41 47.22 1.19 89.5 5,979 985 21.28 129.22 0.47 75.2
August 1,096,270 55,759 2.40 47.18 1.22 92.5 6,800 1,108 20.61 126.44 0.50 84.5
September 1,037,230 52,716 2.41 47.40 1.21 103.8 6,921 1,137 19.90 121.13 0.48 87.7
October 1,047,018 53,419 2.34 45.74 1.20 118.6 6,939 1,148 19.33 117.03 0.48 94.2
November 1,010,559 51,705 2.33 45.51 1.20 110.9 7,512 1,237 17.71 107.56 0.50 100.6
December 1,060,973 54,441 2.60 50.75 1.20 108.8 12,760 2,035 13.22 82.91 0.46 160.4
Year 2015
January 1,022,724 52,840 2.31 44.72 1.17 103.9 8,679 1,427 11.79 71.76 0.57 69.0
February 853,788 44,181 2.26 43.70 1.17 92.2 8,590 1,404 11.71 71.63 0.47 39.1
March 915,194 47,024 2.26 44.08 1.17 111.2 10,166 1,669 12.11 73.85 0.52 134.1
April 872,141 44,828 2.26 43.98 1.20 124.1 6,581 1,083 13.26 80.57 0.39 87.9
May 918,188 46,827 2.29 44.97 1.21 109.2 7,705 1,259 12.50 76.54 0.46 100.6
June 897,838 45,934 2.28 44.49 1.23 90.6 7,498 1,234 13.66 82.97 0.46 89.4
July 959,033 49,930 2.24 42.94 1.11 88.7 6,138 1,004 12.47 76.21 0.40 67.8
August 1,026,500 52,727 2.26 44.04 1.17 97.5 5,716 944 11.75 71.16 0.42 67.5
September 993,558 51,091 2.26 44.03 1.16 109.2 7,097 1,157 9.75 59.76 0.38 94.1
October 941,342 48,715 2.19 42.30 1.13 124.6 5,909 970 9.43 57.50 0.44 79.8
November 862,786 44,830 2.20 42.41 1.14 126.2 8,558 1,386 8.80 54.38 0.57 102.8
December 825,539 42,781 2.21 42.64 1.16 112.7 7,402 1,209 8.52 52.14 0.37 102.7

NM = Not meaningful due to large relative standard error or excessive percentage change.
W = Withheld to avoid disclosure of individual company data.

Notes:
Beginning in January 2013, the threshold for reporting fuel receipts data was changed from 50 megawatts to 200 megawatts of nameplate capacity for plants primarily fueled by natural gas, petroleum coke, distillate fuel oil, and residual fuel oil. In addition, the requirement to report self-produced and minor fuels, i.e., blast furnace gas, other manufactured gases, kerosene, jet fuel, propane, and waste oils was eliminated. The threshold for coal plants remained at 50 megawatts. The following caveats for each fuel type should be noted:
COAL - includes anthracite, bituminous, subbituminous, lignite, waste coal, and coal-derived synthesis gas. Prior to 2011, synthesis gas was included in the category of Other Gases.
PETROLEUM LIQUIDS - includes distillate fuel oil and residual fuel oil. Prior to 2013, petroleum liquids included distillate fuel oil, residual fuel oil, kerosene, jet fuel, waste oil, and, beginning in 2011, propane. Prior to 2011, propane was included in the category of Other Gases.

- Values are final.
- See Glossary for definitions.
- Starting in January 2013, there may have been a shift in the continuity of Chapter 7 tables due to changes in the sample design of Form EIA-923 and the imputation process.
- See the EIA-923 section of the Technical Notes for a discussion of the sample design for the Form EIA-923 and predecessor forms.
- See the Technical Notes for fuel conversion factors.
- Totals may not equal the sum of components because of independent rounding.

Sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Form EIA-923, "Power Plant Operations Report" and predecessor forms 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."