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.


    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:


  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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