U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
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Short-Term Energy Outlook
- EIA expects the share of U.S. total utility-scale electricity generation from natural gas to fall from 34% in 2016 to about 31% in 2017 as a result of higher natural gas prices and increased electricity generation from renewables and coal. In 2018, natural gas's generation share is expected to rise to 32%. Coal's forecast generation share rises from 30% last year to 31% in 2017 and is expected to stay at that level in 2018.
- U.S. coal production for September 2017 was an estimated 66 million short tons (MMst), up 1 MMst (1%) from September 2016. Coal production for the first nine months of 2017 was 591 MMst, 62 MMst (12%) higher than in the same period in 2016. Coal production is expected to increase by 8% in 2017 and by less than 1% in 2018.
- Coal exports for the first seven months of 2017 totaled 51 MMst, which was 62% higher than in the same period of 2016. EIA expects growth in coal exports to slow, with exports for all of 2017 forecast at 75 MMst, 15 MMst (24%) higher than the 2016 level.
|U.S. Coal Summary|
|2015||2016||2017 projected||2018 projected|
|Prices||(dollars per million Btu)|
|Electric Power Sector||2.23||2.11||2.14||2.20|
|Supply||(million short tons)|
|U.S. Coal Production||897.0||728.2||785.0||787.8|
|Consumption||(million short tons)|
|Electric Power Sector||738.4||677.3||680.9||691.6|
|End of Period Inventories||(million short tons)|
|Electric Power Sector||195.5||163.9||147.6||146.5|