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Annual Coal Distribution Report

Release Date: October 3, 2023 Next Release Date: October 2024 full reportPDF

The Annual Coal Distribution Report (ACDR) provides detailed U.S. domestic coal distribution data by coal-origin state, coal-destination state, mode of transportation, and consuming sector. The report also summarizes foreign coal distribution by coal-producing state. All data for 2022 are final, and this report supersedes the four Quarterly Coal Distribution Reports previously issued for 2022.

Highlights for 2022

  • Total coal distribution was an estimated 580.9 million short tons (MMst) in 2022. This value is 1.2% higher than in 2021.
  • Total domestic coal distribution was an estimated 494.9 MMst in 2022. This value is 1.2% (5.9 MMst) higher than in 2021. Foreign distribution was 86.0 MMst, 1.0% (0.8 MMst) higher than 2021. Foreign distribution was 85.1 MMst, 23.2% (16.1 MMst) higher than the 2020 value.
  • Wyoming was the leading coal-origin state, accounting for about 244.4 MMst of shipments delivered to 28 states. Texas was the leading coal-destination state, receiving about 58.0 MMst of domestic coal.
  • An estimated 69.8% of total coal shipments were sent by railroad, 11.1% were sent by river, and 8.6% were sent by truck. Tramway and conveyor deliveries, which are traditionally associated with minemouth power plants, accounted for about 10.4% of total coal shipments.
  • Electric utilities and independent power producers received about 91.5% of total coal shipments. Industrial plants (excluding coke plants) received about 5.2% of total coal shipments, coke plants received about 3.1%, and commercial and institutional plants received about 0.2%.

Domestic distribution of U.S. coal by:

  • Domestic and foreign distribution of U.S. coal by origin State
  • Available formats: PDF
  • Origin State, consumer, destination and method of transportation
  • Available formats: PDF XLS
  • Destination State, consumer, destination and method of transportation
  • Available formats: PDF XLS
  • Previous Annual Coal Distribution Reports