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Short-Term Energy Outlook

Release Date: August 8, 2017  |  Next Release Date: Septemeber 12, 2017  |  Full Report    |   Text Only   |   All Tables   |   All Figures

Coal

  • Coal exports for the first five months of 2017 were 37 million short tons (MMst), which was 60% higher than coal exports over the same period last year. EIA expects growth in coal exports to slow in the coming months, with exports for all of 2017 forecast at 70 MMst, 17% above the 2016 level. The increase in coal exports contributes to an expected 58 MMst (8%) increase in coal production in 2017. In 2018, coal production is forecast to increase by 10 MMst (1%).
U.S. Coal Summary
  2015 2016 2017 2018
Prices (dollars per million Btu)
Electric Power Sector 2.23 2.11 2.15 2.21
Supply (million short tons)
U.S. Coal Production 897.0 728.2 786.1 796.0
Imports 11.3 9.8 10.5 9.8
Exports 74.0 60.3 70.4 59.0
Consumption (million short tons)
Electric Power Sector 738.4 677.3 692.9 700.2
Other Sectors 59.7 52.3 52.8 54.5
Total Consumption 798.1 729.6 745.7 754.6
End of Period Inventories (million short tons)
Electric Power Sector 195.5 163.9 145.9 145.6
Total Inventories 238.4 203.3 183.5 185.2

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