According to the US EIA, February 2021’s increase in coal-fired electric generation reduced US coal stockpiles.
Combustible by-product production in the US electric power industry decreased from 135.1 million short t in 2010 to 88.7 million short t in 2019, a 34% decline.
2020 marked the first time that coal was not the largest or second-largest source of annual electricity generation in the US since at least 1949, but the EIA expects coal-fired electricity generation to increase in both 2021 and 2022.
The Energy Information Administration has reported that in 2020, US coal exports declined to 69 million short t, a 26% decrease from 93 million short t in 2019.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration collects data on whether an electric generator is owned by one company or jointly owned by several companies, and for those jointly owned, each owner’s share of ownership.
In the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s ‘Annual Energy Outlook 2021’, EIA projects that US energy-related carbon dioxide emissions will decline for most years through the mid-2030s but then begin to rise slightly from the mid-2030s through 2050.
In its January 2021 ‘Short-Term Energy Outlook’, the U.S. Energy Information Administration expects that energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the US will increase in 2021.
The Energy Information Administration expects production of all fossil fuels – crude oil, coal, dry natural gas, and natural gas plant liquids – to increase in 2022, but forecast fossil fuel production will remain lower than the 2019 peak.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest inventory of electric generators, 9.1 GW of electric generating capacity is scheduled to retire in 2021.
The US Energy Information Administration’s latest ‘Annual Coal Re-port’ has shown a 28% decrease from the peak productive coal mine capacity in 2009.