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Coal explained  

Coal statistics

Data for the United States and for 2018, except where noted.

Production 756,167 thousand short tons
Imports 5,954 thousand short tons
Exports 115,632 thousand short tons
Consumption 687,386 thousand short tons
Coal consumption by end-use sector  
Electric power sector 636,498 thousand short tons
Other industrial 31,580 thousand short tons
Coke plants 18,337 thousand short tons
Commercial 972 thousand short tons
Consumption for electricity generation by all sectors 636,213 thousand short tons (93% of total U.S. coal consumption)
Coal share of utility-scale electricity generating capacity 22%
Coal share of utility-scale electricity generation 27%
Top five coal-consuming states by electric power sector  
Texas 75,899 thousand short tons
Indiana 39,144 thousand short tons
Missouri 37,060 thousand short tons
Illinois 35,493 thousand short tons
Kentucky 28,567 thousand short tons
Year-end coal stocks 129,790 thousand short tons
Average sales price $35.99 per short ton
Average delivered price
Electric power $39.08 per short ton
Coke plants $128.75 per short ton
Other industrial plants $59.01 per short ton
Largest producing state Wyoming—304,188 thousand short tons
Share of U.S. total produced in Western region 55%
Share of U.S. total produced from surface mining 63%
Demonstrated reserve base 474 billion short tons (as of January 1, 2019)
Largest producing coal mine North Antelope Rochelle Mine/Peabody Powder River Mining LLC
98,316 thousand short tons, 13% of total U.S. production
Leading producing company Peabody Energy Corporation
155,523 thousand short tons, 21% of total U.S. production
Average number of coal mining industry employees during the year 53,583
Productivity  
2018 6.23 tons/miner-hour
1978 1.8 tons/miner-hour
World coal production (2016) 8,149,802 thousand short tons
World coal consumption (2016) 8,561,852 thousand short tons

Last updated: November 14, 2019