Coal Production & Consumption

Coal usage in the US
The United States produces close to 1100 million short tons (about a million million kilograms) of coal per year, and exports about 13% of it.  The electric power industry uses 85% of the total, and all other consumers use a mere 2%.

Some 62% of the coal is surface-mined; 38% is from underground mines.

Bituminous coal accounts for 58%, subbituminous coal accounts for 34%, lignite accounts for 8%, and antrhacite coal accounts for less than 1/2 of a percent.

Data from: Annual Energy Review 1997, (U.S. Energy Information Agency ODE/EIA-0384(97) ), and are for the year 1994.

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