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Coal

  • EIA forecasts that U.S. coal consumption, which reached a 39-year low of 687 million short tons (MMst) in 2018, will fall to 602 MMst in 2019 and to 567 MMst in 2020. The falling consumption reflects lower demand for coal in the electric power sector.

U.S. coal production

U.S. electric power sector coal stocks

U.S. coal consumption

U.S. Coal Summary
  2017201820192020
Prices (dollars per million Btu)
Electric Power Sector 2.062.062.112.13
Supply (million short tons)
U.S. Coal Production 774.6755.5699.8645.5
Imports 7.86.06.85.5
Exports 97.0115.698.793.2
Consumption (million short tons)
Electric Power Sector 665.0636.5551.1517.0
Other Sectors 51.950.850.850.0
Total Consumption 716.9687.3601.8567.0
End of Period Inventories (million short tons)
Electric Power Sector 137.7102.8104.7104.6
Total Inventories 167.0132.1134.5134.4

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