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EIA releases 2013 coal distribution report

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The US Energy Information Administration has released its Annual Coal Distribution Report for 2013, providing information on domestic coal distribution by origin state, destination state, consumer category and method of transportation.

Overall, coal distribution to domestic destinations totaled 849.6 million short t – a drop of 27.8 million short t (3.2%) on 2012. Of this, the electric power sector took the vast majority (92.4%), while industrial plants too 5%, coke plants too 2.4% and other commercial and institutional plants the remaining 0.2%.

Wyoming led the states in terms of coal origin, shipping 381.2 million short t of the fuel to US destinations – almost 45% of the total. A way behind in second place, West Virginia shipped 68 million short t, while Kentucky shipped 67.3 million short t. Texas (43.3 million short t) and Pennsylvania (42.6 million short t) rounded off the top five.

The Lone Star State was the only state to feature in both the top five origin and destination states. It ranked as the top domestic destination for US coal, taking 98.7 million short t – 11.6% of the total. Illinois was the only other state to take over 50 million short t, receiving 62 million short t. Indiana (43.2 million short t), Ohio (42.5 million short t) and Missouri (42.1 million short t) completed the top five destination states, all taking a little under 50 million short t.

Railroads moved the majority of the coal, accounting for 68.4% of shipments. River transportation accounted for 12.4%, trucks about 11.4% and tramways, conveyors and slurry pipelines 7.8%.

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