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Coal explained  

Coal statistics

Data for the United States and for 2020, except where noted.

Production 535,434 thousand short tons
Imports 5,137 thousand short tons
Exports 69,067 thousand short tons
Consumption 477,315 thousand short tons
Coal consumption by end-use sector  
Electric power sector 436,524 thousand short tons
Other industrial 25,584 thousand short tons
Coke plants 14,414 thousand short tons
Commercial 793 thousand short tons
Consumption for electricity generation by all sectors 436,076 thousand short tons (91% of total U.S. coal consumption)
Coal share of utility-scale electricity generating capacity (2019) 21%
Coal share of utility-scale electricity generation 19%
Top five coal-consuming states by electric power sector  
Texas 56,069 thousand short tons
Missouri 30,468 thousand short tons
Indiana 24,034 thousand short tons
Wyoming 20,866 thousand short tons
Kentucky 20,809 thousand short tons
Year-end coal stocks 165,958 thousand short tons
Average sales price $31.41 per short ton
Average delivered price
Electric power $36.14 per short ton
Coke plants $127.16 per short ton
Other industrial plants $57.18 per short ton
Largest producing state Wyoming—218,556 thousand short tons
Share of U.S. total produced in Western region 57%
Share of U.S. total produced from surface mining 63%
Demonstrated reserve base 472 billion short tons (as of January 1, 2021)
Largest producing coal mine North Antelope Rochelle Mine/Peabody Powder River Mining LLC
66,112 thousand short tons, 12% of total U.S. production
Leading producing company Peabody Energy Corporation
104,814 thousand short tons, 20% of total U.S. production
Average number of coal mining industry employees during the year 42,159
Productivity  
2020 6.12 tons/miner-hour
1978 1.8 tons/miner-hour
World coal production (2019) 8,827,028 thousand short tons
World coal consumption (2019) 8,639,675 thousand short tons

Last updated: October 19, 2021