North American coal production in oil equivalent 1998-2019

This statistic represents the coal production in North America between 1998 and 2019. In 1998, this region's coal production came to approximately 26 exajoules. 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 24.65 exajoules of coal and had reduced production to 15.7 exajoules by 2019. However, globally, there has been a significant increase in coal production, from 96.5 exajoules in 2000 to 167.6 exajoules in 2019. 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 29.6 exajoules in 2000 to 79.8 exajoules in 2019.

In the United States, the consumption of coal has decreased to 11.36 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in 2019. 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 2019

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Source

Release date

June 2020

Region

North America

Survey time period

1998 to 2019

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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