Table 7.5. Receipts, Average Cost, and Quality of Fossil Fuels: Electric Utilities, 2009 - 2019

  Coal Petroleum Liquids
  Receipts Average Cost   Receipts Average Cost  


Period
(Billion
Btu)
(Thousand
Tons)
(Dollars
per
MMBtu)
(Dollars
per
Ton)
Average Sulfur Percent by Weight Percentage of
Consumption
(Billion
Btu)
(Thousand
Barrels)
(Dollars
per
MMBtu)
(Dollars
per
Barrel)
Average Sulfur Percent by Weight Percentage of
Consumption
Annual Totals
2009 14,402,019 719,253 2.22 44.47 0.99 103.4 202,598 32,959 10.44 64.18 0.51 103.5
2010 14,226,995 713,094 2.27 45.33 1.14 98.8 189,790 31,099 13.94 85.07 0.48 101.0
2011 13,871,559 699,353 2.40 47.67 1.16 101.5 144,255 23,859 20.30 122.72 0.53 114.5
2012 11,939,543 609,445 2.43 47.51 1.18 99.0 86,030 14,252 22.11 133.44 0.41 81.3
2013 11,595,328 592,772 2.38 46.51 1.23 92.9 78,101 12,814 21.09 128.57 0.43 76.2
2014 12,064,810 614,728 2.39 46.95 1.21 98.3 98,357 16,161 19.90 121.14 0.44 82.0
2015 11,088,631 571,707 2.25 43.71 1.17 105.8 90,041 14,747 11.32 69.13 0.46 79.2
2016 9,256,878 476,207 2.16 42.01 1.21 95.4 73,294 11,985 9.16 56.02 0.45 74.0
2017 9,011,629 467,595 2.12 40.81 1.16 96.0 70,422 11,640 11.60 70.19 0.47 74.4
2018 8,351,036 435,964 2.11 40.35 1.18 91.6 84,050 13,896 14.39 87.09 0.37 75.3
2019 7,970,069 413,915 2.08 39.99 1.18 103.1 66,789 11,010 13.40 81.29 0.46 69.9
Year 2017
January 797,433 41,477 2.14 41.15 1.14 88.2 6,680 1,100 11.15 67.71 0.44 77.4
February 737,614 38,372 2.11 40.53 1.20 107.5 4,658 770 11.60 70.11 0.46 67.3
March 706,986 36,570 2.12 41.05 1.20 101.9 10,582 1,778 11.59 68.99 0.53 132.1
April 650,562 33,339 2.14 41.82 1.22 105.4 4,760 788 11.41 68.97 0.46 67.0
May 702,581 36,058 2.16 42.07 1.21 95.9 4,694 778 11.40 68.79 0.45 60.4
June 786,845 40,393 2.13 41.51 1.20 91.9 5,771 951 10.93 66.29 0.47 73.1
July 821,488 42,591 2.11 40.78 1.11 81.6 4,826 803 10.96 65.87 0.45 67.9
August 890,849 46,092 2.11 40.79 1.18 93.7 5,210 855 11.12 67.72 0.46 67.7
September 741,814 38,857 2.08 39.69 1.10 98.1 4,823 792 11.80 71.87 0.48 65.5
October 733,109 38,175 2.09 40.12 1.15 104.8 5,030 825 12.05 73.47 0.49 62.1
November 726,042 38,128 2.11 40.23 1.13 105.8 7,044 1,156 12.00 73.12 0.41 97.4
December 716,306 37,543 2.11 40.20 1.11 89.5 6,345 1,043 12.93 78.67 0.42 58.3
Year 2018
January 689,121 36,230 2.08 39.57 1.11 75.5 16,449 2,762 14.38 85.73 0.43 61.0
February 637,294 33,294 2.10 40.18 1.17 97.3 8,657 1,413 12.58 77.10 0.46 126.0
March 696,264 36,224 2.09 40.20 1.18 111.4 5,472 906 13.38 80.86 0.36 82.4
April 600,033 31,096 2.12 40.93 1.23 101.8 5,321 875 13.78 83.81 0.36 74.7
May 654,477 33,757 2.09 40.57 1.24 95.3 6,739 1,108 14.37 87.44 0.29 82.5
June 689,040 35,857 2.10 40.33 1.21 84.0 6,566 1,085 14.63 88.49 0.28 78.5
July 738,864 38,675 2.10 40.13 1.15 79.8 5,620 920 14.34 87.60 0.27 75.5
August 802,045 41,889 2.11 40.43 1.19 87.2 5,016 826 15.26 92.68 0.34 63.6
September 695,648 36,530 2.12 40.31 1.15 90.3 5,665 940 15.53 93.63 0.35 66.8
October 713,410 37,228 2.10 40.20 1.21 104.3 6,170 1,011 15.78 96.34 0.39 73.6
November 691,145 36,346 2.10 39.90 1.17 95.3 5,383 896 15.89 95.50 0.41 69.8
December 743,694 38,838 2.17 41.48 1.17 93.2 6,991 1,155 13.83 83.69 0.44 94.7
Year 2019
January 738,951 38,447 2.16 41.50 1.17 92.6 6,257 1,035 12.58 76.07 0.42 61.2
February 631,870 33,072 2.14 40.80 1.15 98.6 6,768 1,106 13.06 79.89 0.46 99.9
March 588,088 30,001 2.14 41.91 1.36 94.2 6,258 1,034 14.36 86.91 0.42 88.8
April 646,989 33,355 2.13 41.31 1.20 135.4 5,460 901 14.73 89.26 0.47 85.9
May 664,887 34,246 2.12 41.12 1.21 112.6 5,038 832 14.15 85.71 0.48 63.5
June 651,381 33,621 2.10 40.75 1.19 99.7 5,247 869 13.31 80.39 0.47 63.3
July 723,359 37,713 2.08 39.90 1.15 88.8 4,455 740 13.30 80.10 0.46 55.6
August 746,495 38,909 2.06 39.56 1.14 97.4 3,921 656 13.65 81.53 0.48 44.4
September 676,927 35,149 2.01 38.79 1.17 98.7 6,831 1,119 12.41 75.70 0.45 85.5
October 643,227 33,488 2.01 38.57 1.13 122.6 4,958 815 13.28 80.79 0.47 62.2
November 624,023 32,728 2.01 38.36 1.14 106.9 6,206 1,013 12.83 78.61 0.48 82.2
December 633,871 33,185 1.95 37.30 1.12 110.8 5,390 891 13.65 82.59 0.47 63.9

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 LIQUIDS - includes distillate fuel oil and residual fuel oil. 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.

- 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."