Table 7.1. Receipts, Average Cost, and Quality of Fossil Fuels for the Electric Power Industry, 2011 through 2021

Coal Petroleum Natural Gas All Fossil Fuels

Average Cost   Average Cost   Average Cost Average Cost
Period Receipts (Thousand Tons)
Average Sulfur Percent by Weight
(Dollars per MMBtu) (Dollars per Ton) Receipts (Thousand Barrels) Average Sulfur Percent by Weight (Dollars per MMBtu) (Dollars per Barrel) Receipts (Thousand Mcf) (Dollars per MMBtu) (Dollars per MMBtu)
2011 956,538 1.19 2.39 46.65 66,058 2.49 12.48 73.29 9,056,164 4.72 3.29
2012 841,183 1.25 2.38 46.09 40,364 3.61 12.48 73.30 9,531,389 3.42 2.83
2013 823,222 1.29 2.34 45.33 43,714 3.54 11.57 68.09 8,503,424 4.33 3.09
2014 854,560 1.32 2.37 45.96 54,488 3.56 11.60 68.12 8,431,423 5.00 3.31
2015 782,929 1.29 2.22 42.86 48,804 3.38 6.74 39.51 9,842,581 3.23 2.65
2016 650,770 1.34 2.11 40.64 37,637 3.69 5.24 30.46 10,271,180 2.87 2.47
2017 642,364 1.28 2.06 39.27 32,672 3.59 7.10 41.23 9,628,733 3.37 2.65
2018 596,215 1.31 2.06 39.25 37,341 3.31 9.68 56.82 10,894,849 3.55 2.83
2019 560,153 1.31 2.02 38.70 24,556 3.03 9.07 53.55 11,704,743 2.88 2.50
2020 439,636 1.28 1.92 36.36 24,846 3.45 5.98 34.92 11,981,552 2.40 2.22
2021 461,277 1.30 1.98 37.48 27,776 3.11 10.08 58.92 11,566,909 5.20 3.82

 * = Value is less than half of the smallest unit of measure. (e.g., for values with no decimals, the smallest unit is 1 then values under 0.5 are shown as *.) NM = Not meaningful due to large relative standard error or excessive percentage change. W = Withheld to avoid disclosure of individual company data. Notes: Beginning in January 2013, the threshold for reporting fuel receipts data was changed from 50 megawatts to 200 megawatts of nameplate capacity for plants primarily fueled by natural gas, petroleum coke, distillate fuel oil, and residual fuel oil. In addition, the requirement to report self-produced and minor fuels, i.e., blast furnace gas, other manufactured gases, kerosene, jet fuel, propane, and waste oils was eliminated. The threshold for coal plants remained at 50 megawatts. The following caveats for each fuel type should be noted: COAL - includes anthracite, bituminous, subbituminous, lignite, waste coal, and coal-derived synthesis gas. Prior to 2011, synthesis gas was included in the category of Other Gases. PETROLEUM - includes petroleum liquids (distillate fuel oil and residual fuel oil) and petroleum coke which includes petroleum coke-derived synthesis gas. Prior to 2011, petroleum coke-derived synthesis gas was included in Other Gases. Prior to 2013, petroleum liquids included distillate fuel oil, residual fuel oil, kerosene, jet fuel, waste oil, and, beginning in 2011, propane. Prior to 2011, propane was included in the category of Other Gases. NATURAL GAS - includes natural gas only. Prior to 2011, includes Other Gases. - All values are final. - See Glossary for definitions. - Starting in January 2013, there may have been a shift in the continuity of Chapter 7 tables due to changes in the sample design of Form EIA-923 and the imputation process. - See the EIA-923 section of the Technical Notes for a discussion of the sample design for the Form EIA-923 and predecessor forms. - See the Technical Notes for fuel conversion factors. - Totals may not equal the sum of components because of independent rounding. Sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Form EIA-923, "Power Plant Operations Report" and predecessor forms including Form EIA-423, "Monthly Cost and Quality of Fuels for Electric Plants Report" and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), FERC Form 423, "Monthly Report of Cost and Quality of Fuels for Electric Plants."