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Quarterly Coal Distribution Report

Release Date: April 2, 2018   |  Next Release Date: July 6, 2018  |   full report 

The Quarterly Coal Distribution Report (QCDR) provides detailed U.S. domestic coal distribution data by coal origin state, coal destination state, mode of transportation, and consuming sector. All quarterly data are preliminary and will be superseded by the release of the Annual Coal Distribution Report.

Highlights for the fourth quarter of 2017:

  • Total domestic coal distribution was an estimated 163.1 million short tons (MMst) in the fourth quarter of 2017. This value is 16.0 MMst (9.0%) lower than the previous quarter and 17.5 MMst (9.7%) lower than the fourth quarter of 2016.
  • Wyoming was the leading origin state of coal, accounting for about 78.2 MMst of shipments delivered to 30 states. Texas was the leading destination state, receiving about 21.8 MMst of domestic coal.
  • Coal shipments moved via railroads, river, and truck accounted for an estimated 68.9%, 11.4%, and 9.2%, respectively. Tramway and conveyor deliveries, which are traditionally associated with minemouth power plants, accounted for about 10.5% of coal shipments.
  • Electric utilities and independent power producers received approximately 92.2% of the coal shipments.





Coal Data Contacts


2017/Quarters By Origin State By Destination State
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