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Quarterly Coal Distribution Report

Release Date: July 8, 2022 Next Release Date: October 3, 2022 full reportPDF

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.



  • By Origin State
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  • By Destination State
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