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Coal statistics

Data for the United States and for 2017 except where noted.

Production 774.61 million short tons
Consumption 716.96 million short tons
Coal consumption by end-use sector  
Electric power sector 664.75 million short tons
Other industrial 33.61 million short tons
Coke plants 17.54 million short tons
Commercial 1.06 million short tons
Year-end coal stocks 163.54 million short tons
Average sales price $33.72 per short ton
Average delivered price
Electric power $39.09 per short ton
Coke plants $122.14 per short ton
Other industrial plants $58.67 per short ton
Largest producing state Wyoming—316.45 million short tons
Share of U.S. total produced in Western region 56%
Share of U.S. total produced from surface mining 65%
Demonstrated reserve base 475.9 billion short tons (as of January 1, 2017)
Imports 7.78 million short tons
Exports 96.95 million short tons
Consumption for total electricity generation 663.91 million short tons (93% of total U.S. coal consumption)
Coal share of total utility-scale electricity generation 30%
Top five coal-consuming states by electric power sector  
Texas 93.49 million short tons
Indiana 39.51 million short tons
Missouri 35.55 million short tons
Illinois 34.22 million short tons
Kentucky 28.52 million short tons
Coal share of utility-scale electricity generating capacity (2017) 24%
Largest producing coal mine North Antelope Rochelle Mine/Peabody Powder River Mining LLC
101.59 million short tons, 13% of total U.S. production
Leading producing company Peabody Energy Corporation
156.73 million short tons, 20% of total U.S. production
Average number of coal mining industry employees during the year 53,051
Productivity  
2017 6.5 tons/miner-hour
1978 1.8 tons/miner-hour
World coal production (2016) 8,150 million short tons
World coal consumption (2016) 8,561 million short tons

Last updated: November 9, 2018