EIA projects little change in 2013 U.S. coal output

December 3, 2012 by Ken Ward Jr.

From today’s entry on the U.S. Energy Information Administration “Today in Energy” website:

EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook projects total U.S. coal production in 2013 to be close to its 2012 level in the November 2012 Short-Term Energy Outlook as coal stockpile drawdowns and lower exports offset a projected increase in domestic coal consumption.

The November 2012 Short-Term Energy Outlook forecasts a 7% decline in coal production in 2012 from 2011 as domestic consumption, primarily in the electric power sector, falls. Coal production for the first three quarters (January-September) of 2012 was 46 million short tons (MMst) below the same period in 2011. Appalachian and Western region coal production are expected to both decline by 8% in 2012, but the production decline in the Interior should be lower, at 3%, because of strong demand for Illinois Basin coal. However, Western region coal output is expected to reverse course in 2013 and grow 5% to 571 MMst, while Appalachian and Interior region coal production are expected to fall for a second straight year.

 

3 Responses to “EIA projects little change in 2013 U.S. coal output”

  1. Dick says:

    I noticed a story last month about Southern Coal announcing the retaining of 500 miners and upwards of 650 new hires.

    http://www.bizjournals.com/prnewswire/press_releases/2012/11/27/NY19353

    Haven’t seen any comments or stories one way or the other. Is this a hoax or was there a cease fire on the industry supposed “war on coal”?

  2. Ken Ward Jr. says:

    We had a story about that in the Gazette the day it was announced:

    http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201211270048

  3. Dick says:

    OK, thanks. I didn’t see it mentioned here in “tattoo” and thought it would have been as it appears to fly in the face of the “war” meme.

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