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Coal - U.S. proved reserves by type 2008-2018

Coal reserves in the United States from 2008 and 2018, by type (in million metric tons)

by M. Garside, last edited Jun 25, 2019
Coal - U.S. proved reserves by type 2008-2018 This statistic shows the proved coal reserves in the United States between 2008 and 2018. In 2018, the amount of proved coal reserves (anthracite and bituminous coal) amounted to around 220.2 billion metric tons.
Coal reserves

In 2018, there were about 220 billion metric tons of proved anthracite and bituminous coal reserves and 30 billion metric tons of proved sub-bituminous and lignite reserves. As of this time, the United States had one of the largest proved reserves of coal in the world, totaling over 250 billion metric tons, followed by China which had about 138 billion metric tons of coal reserves. In comparison, China had 130.85 billion metric tons of anthracite and bituminous reserves and around eight billion metric tons of sub-bituminous and lignite reserves.

The United States currently holds a larger volume of coal than natural gas and oil resources. However, it is estimated that only about half of the demonstrated reserve base can be accessed due to property rights, land-use conflicts, and both environmental and physical constraints. Much of the country’s coal reserves are located in the Interior, Western, and Appalachian regions. It is expected that global consumption of coal will continue to increase until 2035. China, however, has surpassed the United States and is one of the largest consumers of coal in the world. Some two thirds of its primary energy consumption is derived from coal.
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Coal reserves in the United States from 2008 and 2018, by type (in million metric tons)

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