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Short-Term Energy Outlook

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Coal

  • Estimated U.S. coal production for the first 11 months of 2017 is 719 million short tons (MMst), 54 MMst (8%) higher than production for the same period in 2016. Annual production is expected to be 791 MMst in 2017, falling to 771 MMst in 2018 because of lower exports and no growth in coal consumption.
  • U.S. coal exports for the first three quarters of 2017 were 69 MMst, 68% (28 MMst) higher than exports for the same period in 2016. This total for the first three quarters of 2017 is already 14% (8 MMst) higher than total annual coal exports in 2016. EIA expects that exports will total 89 MMst in 2017 and 74 MMst in 2018.
U.S. Coal Summary
  2015 2016 2017 2018
Prices (dollars per million Btu)
Electric Power Sector 2.23 2.11 2.12 2.20
Supply (million short tons)
U.S. Coal Production 896.9 728.4 790.6 771.4
Imports 11.3 9.8 8.1 9.1
Exports 74.0 60.3 89.0 73.5
Consumption (million short tons)
Electric Power Sector 738.4 678.6 671.9 677.4
Other Sectors 59.7 52.3 52.1 51.2
Total Consumption 798.1 730.9 724.1 728.6
End of Period Inventories (million short tons)
Electric Power Sector 195.5 162.5 145.6 133.8
Total Inventories 238.4 193.5 171.5 159.5

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