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US coal consumption hits lowest level since 1984

The power sector in the United States consumed 677 mt of coal in 2016 – the lowest amount since 1984 – the US Energy Information Administration said on Friday.
By Staff reporter 5 June 2017 0 26222

The power sector in the United States consumed 677 mt of coal in 2016 – the lowest amount since 1984 – the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Friday.

More than two-thirds of the coal consumed was shipped "completely or in part" by rail.

"Electric power sector coal consumption in 2016 was 35% lower than in 2008, when US coal production reached its highest level, but the share of coal shipped to the electric power sector by rail (completely or in part) has consistently...