North American coal production in oil equivalent 1998-2018

This statistic represents the coal production in North America between 1998 and 2018. In 1998, this region's coal production came to approximately 651 million metric tons of oil equivalent. According to the source, the data only include solid fuels, i.e. bituminous coal and anthracite (hard coal), and lignite and brown (sub-bituminous) coal.

Coal energy worldwide

Coal production has decreased in North America in recent years. In 2000, the continent as a whole produced 614.6 million metric tons in oil equivalent of coal and had reduced production to 400.7 million metric tons of oil equivalent by 2018. However, globally, there has been a significant increase in coal production, from 2.3 billion metric tons oil equivalent in 2000 to 3.77 billion metric tons oil equivalent in 2017. This global increase is largely due to the coal production and energy consumption in China. The country accounts for almost half of both the world’s production and consumption of this fossil fuel. China’s production has more than doubled from 707 million metric tons oil equivalent in 2000 to 1.75 billion metric tons equivalent in 2015.

In the United States, the consumption of coal has decreased to 13.84 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in 2018. The United States consumed almost 18 quadrillion Btu of coal in 2014 and 2.47 quadrillion Btu from conventional hydroelectric energy. Coal companies face competition from the growing renewable energy industries and increasing demands for cleaner energy from consumers. In Canada, the province of Ontario had shut down all of its coal-generated plants as of April 2014, the first jurisdiction in North America to do so.

Coal production in North America from 1998 to 2018

Production in million metric tons of oil equivalent
2018400.7
2017410.6
2016387.1
2015466.1
2014525.5
2013519.1
2012534.9
2011573.1
2010566.4
2009552.9
2008609.4
2007601.3
2006636.7
2005621.6
2004612.2
2003589.8
2002607.7
2001634.2
2000614.6
1999630.4
1998650.8
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Source

Release date

June 2019

Region

North America

Survey time period

1998 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Figures for years not included in the pdf version were taken from the Data workbook of the Statistical Review.

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