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U.S. coal production, exports, and prices increased in 2017

U.S. coal production and weekly spot steam prices, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Coal Data Browser, Short-Term Energy Outlook, and Coal Markets

EIA expects total 2017 U.S. coal production to be 773 million short tons (MMst), 45 MMst higher than in 2016 and the largest year-over-year tonnage increase since 2001. Coal prices across the United States rose as well, especially for Central Appalachian coal. An increase in demand for U.S. coal exports more than offset a slight decline in U.S. coal consumption, contributing to higher coal production in 2017.

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