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 third quarter of 2019
- Total domestic coal distribution was an estimated 155.2 million short tons (MMst) in the third quarter of 2019. This value is 12.2 MMst (8.5%) higher than the previous quarter and 11.7 MMst (7.0%) lower than the third quarter of 2018.
- Wyoming was the leading coal-origin state, accounting for about 73.1 MMst of shipments delivered to 29 states. Texas was the leading coal-destination state, receiving about 17.7 MMst of domestic coal.
- Coal shipments via railroad, river, and truck accounted for an estimated 69.6%, 12.0%, and 9.5% of total coal shipments, respectively. Tramway and conveyor deliveries, which are traditionally associated with minemouth power plants, accounted for about 8.9% of total coal shipments.
- Electric utilities and independent power producers received about 92.4% of the total coal shipments.