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Coal

  • EIA expects growth in coal-fired electricity generation to contribute to a 4% increase in coal production in 2017. Coal production is expected to be unchanged in 2018. EIA estimates the delivered coal price averaged $2.11/MMBtu in 2016, a 5% decline from the 2015 price. Coal prices are forecast to increase in 2017 and 2018 to $2.17/MMBtu and $2.21/MMBtu, respectively.

U.S. Coal Summary
  2015 2016 2017 2018
Prices (dollars per million Btu)
Electric Power Sector 2.23 2.11 2.17 2.21
Supply (million short tons)
U.S. Coal Production 897.0 738.7 767.5 766.9
Imports 11.3 9.8 9.7 9.7
Exports 74.0 60.3 53.1 50.9
Consumption (million short tons)
Electric Power Sector 738.4 677.2 682.9 678.7
Other Sectors 59.7 52.6 53.4 55.4
Total Consumption 798.1 729.8 736.3 734.1
End of Period Inventories (million short tons)
Electric Power Sector 195.5 163.9 150.9 151.3
Total Inventories 238.4 212.1 191.7 193.6

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