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EIA projects that U.S. coal demand will remain flat for several decades

EIA projects U.S. coal disposition-domestic demand and coal exports-to remain relatively flat through 2050 in the Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018) Reference case, even as many coal-fired power plants are retired. Coal disposition for the next three decades averages 750 million short tons per year (MMst), down from the peak of nearly 1.2 million tons […]

EIA projects that U.S. coal demand will remain flat for several decades

EIA projects U.S. coal disposition-domestic demand and coal exports-to remain relatively flat through 2050 in the Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018) Reference case, even as many coal-fired power plants are retired. Coal disposition for the next three decades averages 750 million short tons per year (MMst), down from the peak of nearly 1.2 million tons […]

Coal mine starts continue to decline

September 23, 2015 Source: Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)Note: Reactivated mines are those mines with production reported in previous years but not in the preceding year. The number of new and reactivated coal mines that began production in 2013 fell to the lowest level in at least the past 10 years. The addition of […]

Coal use in China is slowing

September 17, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, China National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Economic deceleration, industry restructuring, and new energy and environmental policies have slowed the growth of coal consumption in China and are also driving more centralized and cleaner uses of coal. After nearly a decade of rapid growth, energy-based consumption of coal, […]

Recent statistical revisions suggest higher historical coal consumption in China

September 16, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, China National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)Note: Revised data from or implied by China Statistical Abstract 2015; previously reported data from China Statistical Yearbook 2014. The values for coal reflect its lower heating value. New preliminary data from the China Statistical Abstract 2015 (CSA2015) show an upward revision […]

Output per miner-hour rises as smaller coal mines close

September 3, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, , and Mine Safety and Health Administration Coal mining productivity increased in 2013, averaging 5.5 short tons per miner hour, reversing a trend of declining productivity since at least 2000. Preliminary data from the Mine Safety and Health Administration indicate a further increase in 2014. Improved productivity […]

India’s coal industry in flux as government sets ambitious coal production targets

August 25, 2015 Source: , Government of India, Ministry of Coal; news reportsNote: India fiscal year is April to March. For example, FY2005 represents April 1, 2004, to March 31, 2005. Data for 2015 are preliminary. Coal consumption in India, particularly in the electric power sector, is outpacing India’s domestic production. From 2005 to 2012, […]

Coal, nuclear, and renewables expected to boost Vietnam’s electricity capacity

August 3, 2015 Source: International Atomic Energy Agency, 2013 Vietnam Country Nuclear Power ProfileNote: Hydroelectricity includes pumped storage. Vietnam is poised to significantly transform its electrical power generation mix over the next two decades as it modernizes the country’s agrarian economy to become a more industrialized nation. To accommodate greater industrial expansion and to support […]

Electricity from natural gas surpasses coal for first time, but just for one month

July 31, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, In April, traditionally the month when total electricity demand is lowest, U.S. generation of electricity fueled by natural gas exceeded coal-fired generation for the first time since the start of EIA’s monthly generation data in 1973. However, EIA’s latest shows that coal’s generation share once again exceeded […]

Coal production using mountaintop removal mining decreases by 62% since 2008

July 7, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, and state agenciesNote: Production excludes refuse coal. Coal production data for 2014 are preliminary. Coal production from mines with mountaintop removal (MTR) permits has declined since 2008, more than the downward […]

Proposed Clean Power Plan rule would reduce coal production, especially in the West

June 10, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, EIA’s analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan rule shows U.S. coal production falling after the proposed rule takes effect. In 2024 in the Base Policy case, coal production falls to a level last seen in the late 1970s. Total production recovers gradually thereafter, […]

Proposed Clean Power Plan would accelerate renewable additions and coal plant retirements

June 5, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Note: Other includes hydropower, geothermal, biomass, municipal solid waste, and other gaseous fuels used in end-use sectors. EIA’s analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) shows that renewables play a critical role under a range of different market conditions and policy assumptions. The […]

Power generation from coal and natural gas expected to temporarily converge this spring

May 14, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Republished May 14, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to correct an error in the graph EIA’s most recent has occurred only once before, in April 2012, when natural gas fueled just 1.5% less generation than coal. Power generation from the two fuels is expected to rise at similar rates […]

Scheduled 2015 capacity additions mostly wind and natural gas; retirements mostly coal

March 10, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly Note: Other renewables include hydroelectric, biomass/wood, and geothermal. In 2015, electric generating companies expect to add more than 20 gigawatts (GW) of utility-scale generating capacity to the power grid. The additions are dominated by wind (9.8 GW), natural gas (6.3 GW), and solar (2.2 […]

Spot steam coal prices in 2014 fell in east and rose in west

January 8, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, , based on SNL Energy physical market survey Eastern spot steam coal prices declined in 2014 compared to 2013 levels because of a decline in steam coal exports. The price declines were particularly pronounced in the second half of the year, as natural gas prices dropped below […]

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