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U.S. coal electricity generation 2008-2019

Coal-fired electricity generation in U.S. dropped to 996.1 million megawatt hours in 2019. A decade earlier, almost two billion megawatt hours of electricity was generated from coal combustion in the country. In 2019, coal accounted for approximately 23 percent of the total electricity generation in U.S.

Electricity generation from coal in the United States from 2008 to 2019 (in million megawatt hours)*

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Release date

August 2020


United States

Survey time period

2008 to 2019

Supplementary notes

According to the source, coal figures include anthracite, bituminous, subbituminous, lignite, and waste coal; coal synfuel and refined coal; and beginning in 2011, coal-derived synthesis gas. Prior to 2011 coal-derived synthesis gas was included in Other gases.
Figures indicate generation at utility-scale facilities.

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