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EIA quarterly coal distribution report

World Coal,

The US EIA’s Quarterly Coal Distribution Report (QCDR) provides detailed US domestic coal distribution data by coal origin state, coal destination state, mode of transportation, and consuming sector.

Q4 2013 highlights:

  • Total domestic coal distribution was an estimated 210.9 million short t in Q4 2013. This was 15.2 million short t, or 6.7%, lower than the previous quarter and 13.5 million short t (6.0%) lower than the fourth quarter of 2012 estimates.
  • Wyoming was the leading origin state of coal, accounting for approximately 94.4 million short t of shipments delivered to 33 states.
  • Texas was the leading destination state, receiving approximately 23.0 million short t of domestic coal.
  • Total shipments moved via railroads, river, and truck accounted for an estimated 68.4%, 12.3%, and 11.1% of the coal, respectively. Tramway, conveyor, and slurry pipeline accounted for approximately 8.1% of coal shipments.
  • Electric utilities and independent power producers received approximately 92.2% of the total distribution.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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