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Coal

  • EIA forecasts coal production to decline by 5% to 738 million short tons (MMst) in 2018. The production decrease is largely attributable to lower forecasts of coal use in the electric power sector (down 4% in 2018). Lower expected global demand for U.S. coal exports in 2018 and 2019 also contributes to the forecast of lower coal production. EIA expects production to then increase slightly to 748 MMst in 2019.
U.S. Coal Summary
  2016201720182019
Prices (dollars per million Btu)
Electric Power Sector 2.112.082.192.21
Supply (million short tons)
U.S. Coal Production 728.4774.1738.3748.1
Imports 9.87.89.19.3
Exports 60.397.081.377.9
Consumption (million short tons)
Electric Power Sector 678.6664.7635.4634.3
Other Sectors 52.552.251.851.2
Total Consumption 731.1717.0687.3685.5
End of Period Inventories (million short tons)
Electric Power Sector 162.0137.2119.8120.4
Total Inventories 193.0163.6145.4149.1

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