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Coal

  • Coal exports for the first quarter of 2017 were 58% higher than in the same quarter last year, with steam coal exports increasing by 6 million short tons (MMst). Coal producers that have completed bankruptcy reorganizations and companies that purchased bankrupt assets have increased both exports and production in 2017. EIA expects growth in coal exports to slow in the coming months, with exports for all of 2017 forecast at 72 MMst, 11 MMst (19%) above the 2016 level. The increase in coal exports contributes to an expected 8% increase in coal production in 2017.

U.S. Coal Summary
  2015 2016 2017 2018
Prices (dollars per million Btu)
Electric Power Sector 2.23 2.11 2.16 2.22
Supply (million short tons)
U.S. Coal Production 897.0 728.2 784.2 786.6
Imports 11.3 9.8 9.6 9.7
Exports 74.0 60.3 71.6 61.3
Consumption (million short tons)
Electric Power Sector 738.4 677.3 676.9 687.0
Other Sectors 59.7 52.2 54.0 56.1
Total Consumption 798.1 729.5 730.9 743.2
End of Period Inventories (million short tons)
Electric Power Sector 195.5 163.9 145.2 145.9
Total Inventories 238.4 203.3 186.1 188.2

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