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Quarterly Coal Distribution Report

Release Date: April 18, 2017   |  Next Release Date: July 6, 2017  |   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. Quarterly data for all years are preliminary and will be superseded by the release of the corresponding "Annual Coal Distribution Report."

Highlights for the fourth quarter 2016:

  • Total domestic coal distribution was an estimated 180.7 million short tons (MMst) in the fourth quarter 2016. This value is 9.7 MMst (i.e. 5.1%) lower than the previous quarter and 13.0 MMst (i.e. 6.7%) lower than the fourth quarter of 2015 estimates.
  • Wyoming was the leading origin state of coal, accounting for about 84.5 MMst of shipments delivered to 30 states. Texas was the leading destination state, receiving about 25.3 MMst of domestic coal.
  • Total shipments moved via railroads, river, and truck accounted for an estimated 68.5%, 12.1%, and 9.4% of the coal, respectively. Tramway and conveyor deliveries, which are traditionally associated with mine mouth power plants, accounted for about 9.9% of coal shipments.
  • Electric utilities and independent power producers received approximately 93.0% of the total distribution.





Coal Data Contacts


2016/Quarters By Origin State By Destination State
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