Table 7.5. Receipts, Average Cost, and Quality of Fossil Fuels: Electric Utilities, 2007 - 2017

  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
2007 15,561,395 767,377 1.78 36.06 0.92 100.3 216,349 34,026 9.24 58.73 0.77 59.8
2008 15,347,396 764,399 2.06 41.32 0.93 100.5 240,937 38,891 15.83 98.09 0.60 99.7
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
Year 2015
January 1,022,724 52,840 2.31 44.72 1.17 103.9 8,679 1,427 11.79 71.76 0.57 69.0
February 853,788 44,181 2.26 43.70 1.17 92.2 8,590 1,404 11.71 71.63 0.47 39.1
March 915,194 47,024 2.26 44.08 1.17 111.2 10,166 1,669 12.11 73.85 0.52 134.1
April 872,141 44,828 2.26 43.98 1.20 124.1 6,581 1,083 13.26 80.57 0.39 87.9
May 918,188 46,827 2.29 44.97 1.21 109.2 7,705 1,259 12.50 76.54 0.46 100.6
June 897,838 45,934 2.28 44.49 1.23 90.6 7,498 1,234 13.66 82.97 0.46 89.4
July 959,033 49,930 2.24 42.94 1.11 88.7 6,138 1,004 12.47 76.21 0.40 67.8
August 1,026,500 52,727 2.26 44.04 1.17 97.5 5,716 944 11.75 71.16 0.42 67.5
September 993,558 51,091 2.26 44.03 1.16 109.2 7,097 1,157 9.75 59.76 0.38 94.1
October 941,342 48,715 2.19 42.30 1.13 124.6 5,909 970 9.43 57.50 0.44 79.8
November 862,786 44,830 2.20 42.41 1.14 126.2 8,558 1,386 8.80 54.38 0.57 102.8
December 825,539 42,781 2.21 42.64 1.16 112.7 7,402 1,209 8.52 52.14 0.37 102.7
Year 2016
January 750,914 39,064 2.17 41.71 1.18 85.5 6,190 1,022 7.88 47.74 0.44 58.8
February 722,024 37,129 2.16 41.95 1.23 98.2 5,814 955 6.92 42.16 0.41 64.1
March 685,422 34,609 2.19 43.49 1.34 110.9 5,223 851 6.69 41.07 0.40 77.5
April 612,742 30,953 2.19 43.39 1.31 107.4 6,897 1,126 8.35 51.19 0.37 106.4
May 655,166 33,408 2.17 42.60 1.25 98.5 6,742 1,114 9.12 55.16 0.40 91.7
June 775,536 39,900 2.15 41.79 1.24 85.9 5,511 908 10.51 63.80 0.44 70.9
July 849,005 43,981 2.17 41.99 1.15 81.1 7,117 1,142 11.54 71.91 0.52 66.7
August 925,332 47,610 2.17 42.19 1.19 88.3 6,737 1,090 9.15 56.57 0.51 66.2
September 851,137 43,822 2.18 42.34 1.18 97.6 5,514 896 9.00 55.39 0.49 79.2
October 842,651 43,693 2.12 40.99 1.16 110.5 5,205 851 9.80 59.94 0.52 73.4
November 805,502 41,615 2.13 41.25 1.20 117.8 6,780 1,106 9.80 60.07 0.48 88.2
December 781,447 40,423 2.13 41.17 1.21 85.4 5,565 925 10.71 64.43 0.44 65.2
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 75.9
February 737,614 38,372 2.11 40.53 1.20 107.5 4,658 770 11.60 70.11 0.46 66.9
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 68.2
May 702,581 36,058 2.16 42.07 1.21 95.9 4,694 778 11.40 68.79 0.45 60.1
June 786,845 40,393 2.13 41.51 1.20 91.9 5,771 951 10.93 66.29 0.47 72.2
July 821,488 42,591 2.11 40.78 1.11 81.6 4,826 803 10.96 65.87 0.45 68.3
August 890,849 46,092 2.11 40.79 1.18 93.7 5,210 855 11.12 67.72 0.46 67.4
September 741,814 38,857 2.08 39.69 1.10 98.1 4,823 792 11.80 71.87 0.48 65.9
October 733,109 38,175 2.09 40.12 1.15 104.8 5,030 825 12.05 73.47 0.49 63.2
November 726,042 38,128 2.11 40.23 1.13 105.8 7,044 1,156 12.00 73.12 0.41 98.5
December 716,306 37,543 2.11 40.20 1.11 89.5 6,345 1,043 12.93 78.67 0.42 58.0

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."