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Quarterly Coal Distribution Report

Release Date: April 1, 2019   |  Next Release Date: July 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 fourth quarter of 2018:

  • Total domestic coal distribution was an estimated 164.4 million short tons (MMst) in the fourth quarter of 2018. This value is 2.5 MMst (1.5%) lower than the previous quarter and 1.2 MMst (0.8%) higher than the fourth quarter of 2017.
  • Wyoming was the leading coal-origin state, accounting for about 78.5 MMst of shipments delivered to 29 states. Texas was the leading destination state, receiving about 18.5 MMst of domestic coal.
  • Coal shipments moved via railroad, river, and truck accounted for an estimated 69.4%, 12.2%, and 9.6% of total coal shipments, respectively. Tramway and conveyor deliveries, which are traditionally associated with minemouth power plants, accounted for about 8.7% of coal shipments.
  • Electric utilities and independent power producers received approximately 92.0% of the total coal shipments.

 

 

 


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