According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), in 2021, coal exports from the US increased by 23% to 85 million t from 69 million t in 2020.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration has reported that while renewable resources will be the largest contributor to the growth in electricity generation through 2050, certain regions will still mainly use coal resources for electricity generation.
Annual US coal-fired electricity generation is set to increase in 2021 for the first time since 2014.
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.