U.S. Coal Energy - Statistics & Facts
Statistics and Facts about the U.S. Coal Energy Sector
In 2015, coal was the third most heavily consumed energy source for primary energy in the United States. Texas is one of the largest consumers of coal energy in the country, however, the U.S. has begun to divest away using coal resources due to its environmental impacts. With total consumption of about 14 quadrillion British thermal units, the U.S. electric power sector consumed more coal energy than any other sector in 2015. In 2035, U.S. coal power generation is expected to decrease to around 884 terawatt hours.
The popularity of coal as an energy source in the U.S. is largely due to its relatively low cost. The cost of electricity produced from coal was estimated at about 3.29 U.S. dollar cents per kilowatt hour in 2014. In that year, one metric ton of thermal coal cost about 58 U.S. dollars. Coal consumption is rapidly decreasing in the United States due to increased availability of renewables and natural gas, as well as stronger environmental regulations.
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- Natural gas vis-a-vis coal prices 1980-2015Natural gas vis-a-vis coal prices 1980-2015
Cost of coal and natural gas for electric generation in the U.S. from 1980 to 2015 (in U.S. dollars per million British thermal units)*
- Coal energy consumption - leading U.S. states+Coal energy consumption - leading U.S. states
U.S. states where coal is the main energy source (as of November 2011)
- U.S. electricity: number power plants by energy source 2010+U.S. electricity: number power plants by energy source 2010
Number of U.S. power plants in 2010, by energy source within plant
- Total U.S. electricity generation 1950-2015Total U.S. electricity generation 1950-2015
- Global production of hard coal 1993-2015Global production of hard coal 1993-2015
- Global primary energy demand by fuel type 2014-2040Global primary energy demand by fuel type 2014-2040
- Distribution of global primary energy demand by fuel type 2014-2040Distribution of global primary energy demand by fuel type 2014-2040
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