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Quarterly Coal Distribution Report

Release Date: July 1, 2019   |  Next Release Date: October 1, 2019  |   full report 

The Quarterly Coal Distribution Report (QCDR) provides detailed U.S. domestic coal distribution data by coal origin state, coal destination state, mode of transportation, and consuming sector. All quarterly data are preliminary and will be updated in the Annual Coal Distribution Report.

Highlights for the first quarter of 2019:

  • Total domestic coal distribution was an estimated 147.0 million short tons (MMst) in the first quarter of 2019. This value is 17.3 MMst (10.6%) lower than the previous quarter and 4.1 MMst (2.7%) lower than the first quarter of 2018.
  • Wyoming was the leading coal-origin state, accounting for about 66.0 MMst of shipments delivered to 29 states. Texas was the leading destination state, receiving about 17.2 MMst of domestic coal.
  • Coal shipments moved via railroad, river, and truck accounted for an estimated 67.4%, 12.6%, and 10.2% of total coal shipments, respectively. Tramway and conveyor deliveries, which are traditionally associated with minemouth power plants, accounted for about 9.8% of coal shipments.
  • Electric utilities and independent power producers received about 91.6% of the total coal shipments.





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2019/Quarters By Origin State By Destination State
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