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Quarterly Coal Distribution Report

Release Date: January 2, 2019   |  Next Release Date: April 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 All quarterly data are preliminary and will be superseded by the release of the Annual Coal Distribution Report.

Highlights for the third quarter of 2018:

  • Total domestic coal distribution was an estimated 166.9 million short tons (MMst) in the third quarter of 2018. This value is 20.7 MMst (14.2%) higher than the previous quarter and 12.3 MMst (6.8%) lower than the third quarter of 2017.
  • Wyoming was the leading origin state of coal, accounting for about 80.3 MMst of shipments delivered to 28 states. Texas was the leading destination state, receiving about 20.4 MMst of domestic coal.
  • Coal shipments moved via railroad, river, and truck accounted for an estimated 69.9%, 11.5%, and 9.8%, respectively. Tramway and conveyor deliveries, which are traditionally associated with minemouth power plants, accounted for about 8.9% of coal shipments.
  • Electric utilities and independent power producers received approximately 92.5% of the coal shipments.





Coal Data Contacts


2018/Quarters By Origin State By Destination State
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