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Annual Coal Report

Release Date: November 3, 2016   |   Next Release Date: November 2017  |   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 2015 and prior years are final.

Highlights for 2015:

  • In 2015, U.S. coal production dropped 10.3% year-over-year to below 900 million short tons, the lowest annual production level since 1986.
  • Production in the Western Region, representing 56.6% of total U.S. coal production in 2015, totaled 507.4 million short tons (MMst), 6.5% lower than 2014.
  • In 2015, the productivity capacity of U.S. coal mines decreased for the fourth year in a row to 1,165 MMst, a decline of 6.3% from the 2014 levels.
  • The average number of employees at U.S. coal mines decreased 12.0% to 65,971 employees, the lowest on record since EIA began collecting data in 1978.
  • U.S. coal consumption of 798 MMst in 2015 was 13.1% lower from the 2014 levels. The electric power sector consumed about 92.5% of the total U.S. coal consumption in 2014.
  • Average sales price of coal from U.S. mines was $31.83 per short ton in 2015, 8.6% lower than the prior year.
  • Total U.S. coal stocks ended at 238.8 MMst, 20.6% higher than at the same time in 2014. Electric power coal stocks increased from 151.8 MMst at the end of 2014 to 195.9 MMst at the end of 2015, the highest year-ending stocks on record.





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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. Coal Consumers in the Manufacturing and Coke Sectors
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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