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Annual Coal Report

Release Date: November 2, 2018   |   Next Release Date: November 15, 2019  |   full report  

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The Annual Coal Report (ACR) provides annual data on U.S. coal production, number of mines, productive capacity, recoverable reserves, employment, productivity, consumption, stocks, and prices. All data for 2017 and previous years are final.

Highlights for 2017:

  • U.S. coal production increased 6.4% year over year to 774.6 million short tons (MMst).
  • The total productive capacity of U.S. coal mines was 1,058.6 MMst, a decrease of 0.9% from the 2016 level.
  • The average number of employees at U.S. coal mines increased 2.4% from the 2016 level to 53,051 employees.
  • U.S. coal mining productivity, as measured by average production per employee hour, decreased 0.9% from the 2016 level to 6.55 short tons per employee hour.
  • U.S. coal consumption decreased 1.9% from the 2016 level to 716.9 MMst. The electric power sector accounted for about 92.8% of the total U.S. coal consumed in 2017.
  • Average sales price of bituminous coal was $55.84 per short ton, a 15.4% increase from the 2016 level. The average sales price of subbituminous coal was $14.29 per short ton, a 3.6% decrease from the 2016 level. The average sales price of thermal coal decreased by 3.0% from the 2016 level to $26.53 per short ton., The average sales price of metallurgical coal increased 61.76% from the 2016 level to $132.82 per short ton.
  • Total U.S. coal stocks ended at 167.0 MMst, 13.7% lower than at the same time in 2016. Electric power coal stocks decrease by 24.8 MMst to 137.7 MMst at the end of 2017.





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Summary  
Table ES-1. Coal Production
Table ES-2. Coal Mining Productivity
Table ES-3. Coke Overview
Table ES-4. Nominal Coal Prices
Table ES-5. Average Price of U.S. Coal Exports and Imports
Production  
Table 1. Coal Production and Number of Mines by State and Mine Type
Table 2. Coal Production and Number of Mines by State, County, and Mine Type
Table 3. Underground Coal Production by State and Mining Method
Table 4. Coal Production by Coalbed Thickness and Mine Type
Table 5. Coal Production and Coalbed Thickness by Major Coalbeds and Mine Type
Table 6. Coal Production and Number of Mines by State and Coal Rank
Table 7. Coal Production by State, Mine Type, and Union Status
Table 8. Coal Disposition by State
Table 9. Major U.S. Coal Mines
Table 10. Major U.S. Coal Producers
Productive Capacity  
Table 11. Productive Capacity of Coal Mines by State
Table 12. Capacity Utilization of Coal Mines by State
Table 13. Productive Capacity and Capacity Utilization of Underground Coal Mines by State and Mining Method
Recoverable Reserves 
Table 14. Recoverable Coal Reserves and Average Percentage at Producing Mines by State
Table 15. Recoverable Coal Reserves at Producing Mines, Estimated Recoverable Reserves, and Demonstrated Reserve Base by Mining Method
Table 16. Recoverable Coal Reserves and Average Recovery Percentage at Producing Underground Coal Mines by State and Mining Method
Table 17. Recoverable Coal Reserves and Average Recovery Percentage at Producing U.S. Mines by Mine Production Range and Mine Type
Employment 
Table 18. Average Number of Employees by State and Mine Type
Table 18.1. Average Number of Employees and Number of Mines by State and Coal Type
Table 19. Average Number of Employees at Underground and Surface Mines by State and Mine Production Range
Table 20. Average Number of Employees at Underground and Surface Mines by State and Union Status
Productivity 
Table 21. Coal Mining Productivity by State and Mine Type
Table 22. Underground Coal Mining Productivity by State and Mining Method
Table 23. Coal Mining Productivity by State, Mine Type, and Mine Production Range
Table 24. Coal Mining Productivity by State, Mine Type, and Union Status
Domestic Market 
Table 25. Intentionally left blank
Table 26. U.S. Coal Consumption by End Use Sector, Census Division, and State
Table 27. Year-End Coal Stocks by Sector, Census Division, and State
Average Mine Sales Price 
Table 28. Average Sales Price of Coal by State and Mine Type
Table 29. Average Sales Price of Coal by State and Underground Mining Method
Table 30. Average Sales Price of Coal by State, County, and Number of Mines
Table 31. Average Sales Price of Coal by State and Coal Rank
Table 32. Average Sales Price of Coal by Mine Production Range and Mine Type
Table 33. Average Sales Price of U.S. Coal by State and Disposition
Table 33.1. Average Sales Price of U.S. Coal by Use and Disposition
Average Consumer Prices 
Table 34. Average Price of Coal Delivered to End Use Sector by Census Division and State
Imports and Exports 
Table 35. Coal Imports by Country of Origin
Table 36. Coal Exports by Country of Destination

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