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Annual Coal Report

Release Date: November 15, 2017   |   Next Release Date: November 15, 2018  |   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 2016 and prior years are final.

Highlights for 2016:

  • In 2016, U.S. coal production decreased 18.8% year-over-year to 728.4 million short tons (MMst), the lowest annual production level since 1979.
  • In 2016, the productive capacity of U.S. coal mines was 1,068 MMst, a decline of 8.3% from the 2015 levels.
  • The average number of employees at U.S. coal mines decreased 21.5% to 51,795 employees in 2016, the lowest level on record since EIA began collecting data in 1978.
  • In 2016, US coal mining productivity, as measured by average production per employee hour, increased 5.2% to 6.6 short tons per employee hour.
  • U.S. coal consumption of 731.1 MMst in 2016 was 8.4% lower than the 2015 level. The electric power sector accounted for about 92.8% of the total U.S. coal consumption in 2016.
  • The average sales price of bituminous coal was $48.40 per short ton in 2016, a 6.1% decrease from the 2015 level. The average sales price of subbituminous coal was $14.83 per short ton in 2016, a 1.4% increase from the 2015 level.
  • Total U.S. coal stocks ended 2016 at 193.5 MMst, 19.0% lower than at the end of 2015. Electric power coal stocks were 162.5 MMst at the end of 2016, down 33.4 MMst from a year earlier.





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Data Tables Formats
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 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
Average Consumer Prices 
Table 34. Average Price of Coal Delivered to End Use Sector by Census Division and State

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