U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
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Short-Term Energy Outlook
- U.S. coal production is estimated to have declined by 158 million short tons (MMst) (18%) in 2016 to 739 MMst, which would be the lowest level since 1978. EIA expects growth in coal-fired electricity generation to contribute to a 3% increase in coal production in 2017. Coal production is expect to increase by 1% in 2018.
- Coal exports in November 2016 totaled 6.6 MMst, which was 35% higher than in October and 39% higher than coal exports in November 2015. Despite the monthly and year-over-year increases, EIA estimates that U.S. coal exports declined by 20% in 2016 to 59 MMst, the lowest level since 2009. Exports are expected to average 51 MMst in 2017 and 50 MMst in 2018.
|U.S. Coal Summary|
|2015||2016||2017 projected||2018 projected|
|Prices||(dollars per million Btu)|
|Electric Power Sector||2.23||2.13||2.17||2.21|
|Supply||(million short tons)|
|U.S. Coal Production||897.0||738.7||762.5||772.9|
|Consumption||(million short tons)|
|Electric Power Sector||738.4||677.9||691.2||695.0|
|End of Period Inventories||(million short tons)|
|Electric Power Sector||195.5||170.0||156.3||148.8|