US coal production is expected to decline by 29% in 2020
According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), US coal production declined by 7% in 2019 to reach 706 Mt, the lowest amount of coal produced in the country since 1978. This trend continued and accelerated in 2020, and the EIA forecasts a 29% decline in coal production in 2020. This is due to a lower global coal demand - coal exports through May 2020 are 29% lower than during the first five months of 2019 - and to a reduced coal-fired power generation in the US (-16% in 2019 and -34% over the January-May 2020 period). US coal production is expected to increase by 7% in 2021, when rising natural gas prices may cause some coal-fired electric power plants to become more economical to dispatch.
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