U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the average heat content of U.S. coal?
In 2015, the average heat content of coal produced in the United States was about 20.16 million British thermal units (Btu) per short ton (2000 pounds), and the average heat content of coal consumed was 19.62 million Btu per short ton.1
1 Estimates available at the time of this FAQ update.
Average annual heat content of coal (Appendix A5)
Average heat content of coal from major producing regions
Average quality of fossil fuel receipts for the electric power industry
Database with heat content of coal delivered to U.S. power plants by type of coal and source
Last updated: February 2, 2016
Other FAQs about Coal
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