Coal production and consumption in the U.S.


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Since the onset of industrialization in the 19th century, coal has been an extremely important source of energy. Even now, coal is still one of the leading energy sources. Global coal production amounted to approximately 3.9 billion metric tons of oil equivalent (the production data includes solid fuels, bituminous coal, hard coal, lignite and brown coal).

The United States is ranked second worldwide in coal production and coal consumption. According to, the production of coal approximated to over 500 million metric tons in 2013 and 509 million metric tons (in oil equivalent) in 2014. The country’s consumption of coal is lower than its production but is still quite high. Thus, the U.S. consumed coal 453.4 million metric tons of oil equivalent in coal in 2014. In 2013, the number amounted to almost the same figure: 454.6 million metric tons.


If we examine the statistics on the annual revenues of coal mining in the United States, we see the rise from 2009 to 2014. The revenue of coal mining began at approximately $41.4 billion in 2009. It then increased slightly to $42.3 billion in 2010. Next year, in 2011, the revenue grew to $43.2 billion. In 2012 and 2013, the revenues approximated to $44.3 billion and $45 billion respectively. Revenues reached their peak in 2014: $46 billion.


The leading coal mine in the country is located in Wyoming, the famous coal state. The mine is named North Antelope Rochelle Mine and owned by Peabody Powder River. The annual production of this mine reaches 118 million short tons. Wyoming’s Black Thunder Coal Mine, owned by Thunder Basin Coal Company LLC, produces about 101 million short tons of coal annually. The production of the country’s third-largest coal mine, Cordero Mine in Wyoming (owned by Cordero Mining LLC), amounted to 34.8 million short tons.


The American company Peabody Energy Corporation, located in St. Louis, Missouri, is the largest private-sector coal company in the world. In 2013, Peabody sold approximately 251.7 million metric tons of coal. In 2014 and 2015, the numbers amounted to 249.8 million and 228.8 million metric tons respectively.

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About Pavel Prikhodko


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.

In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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