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Quarterly Coal Distribution Report

Release Date: July 6, 2018   |  Next Release Date: October 1, 2018  |   full report 

The Quarterly Coal Distribution Report (QCDR) provides 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 All quarterly data are preliminary and will be superseded by the release of the Annual Coal Distribution Report.

Highlights for the first quarter of 2018:

  • Total domestic coal distribution was an estimated 151.1 million short tons (MMst) in the first quarter of 2018. This value is 12.0 MMst (7.3%) lower than the previous quarter and 15.1 MMst (9.1%) lower than the first quarter of 2017.
  • Wyoming was the leading origin state of coal, accounting for about 73.9 MMst of shipments delivered to 28 states. Texas was the leading destination state, receiving about 15.9 MMst of domestic coal.
  • Coal shipments moved via railroads, river, and truck accounted for an estimated 69.5%, 11.1%, and 8.9%, respectively. Tramway and conveyor deliveries, which are traditionally associated with minemouth power plants, accounted for about 10.5% of coal shipments.
  • Electric utilities and independent power producers received approximately 92.1% of the coal shipments.





Coal Data Contacts


2018/Quarters By Origin State By Destination State
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