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 2022
- Total domestic coal distribution was an estimated 120.8 million short tons (MMst) in the first quarter of 2022. This value is 2.7 MMst (2.2%) lower than the previous quarter and 9.1 MMst (8.2%) higher than the first quarter of 2021.
- Wyoming was the leading coal-origin state, accounting for about 60.9 MMst of shipments delivered to 26 states. Texas was the leading coal-destination state, receiving about 14.5 MMst of domestic coal.
- Coal shipments by railroad, river, and truck accounted for an estimated 69.7%, 10.3%, and 9.1% of total coal shipments, respectively. Tramway and conveyor deliveries, which are traditionally associated with minemouth power plants, accounted for about 10.7% of total coal shipments.
- Electric utilities and independent power producers received about 91.1% of the total coal shipments.