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Quarterly Coal Distribution Report

Release Date: February 12, 2018   |  Next Release Date: April 2, 2018  |   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 Quarterly data for all years are preliminary and will be superseded by the release of the corresponding “Annual Coal Distribution Report.”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 third quarter 2017:

  • Total domestic coal distribution was an estimated 179.2 million short tons (MMst) in the third quarter 2017. This value is 21.7 MMst (i.e. 13.8%) higher than the previous quarter and 11.2 MMst (i.e. 5.9%) lower than the third quarter of 2016.
  • Wyoming was the leading origin state of coal, accounting for about 85.7 MMst of shipments delivered to 31 states. Texas was the leading destination state, receiving about 23.7 MMst of domestic coal.
  • Total shipments moved via railroads, river, and truck accounted for an estimated 69.6%, 11.8%, and 8.6% of the coal, respectively. Tramway and conveyor deliveries, which are traditionally associated with mine mouth power plants, accounted for about 9.8% of coal shipments.
  • Electric utilities and independent power producers received approximately 92.6% of the total distribution.





Coal Data Contacts


2017/Quarters By Origin State By Destination State
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