Average Cost, Quantity, and Quality of US Coal Shipments to Virginia Electric Utility Plants


Year Quantity (thousand short tons) Average Quality Average Delivered Cost
BTU (per pound) Sulfur (percent by weight) Sulfur (pounds per MM BTU) Ash (percent by weight) (cents per million BTU) (dollars per short ton)
2007 14,746 12,531 0.94 0.75 9.93 249 62.34
2006 15,442 12,674 1.19 0.93 9.47 244 60.83
2005 15,061 12,650 1.00 0.79 10.46 233 58.93
2004 15,050 12,713 0.94 0.74 10.06 195 49.60
2003 14,576 12,826 0.97 0.75 9.80 167 42.72
2002 14,386 12,845 1.13 0.88 9.60 169 43.33
2001 10,825 12,643 1.02 0.81 11.02 159.32 40.29
2000 12,584 12,814 0.98 0.77 10.06 133.0 34.09
1999 12,932 12,702 1.30 1.03 9.62 134.3 32.97
1998 12,716 12,603 0.97 0.77 9.96 137.8 34.73
1997 11,930 12,554 1.01 0.80 11.58 139.3 34.98
1996 11,024 12,597 0.99 0.78 11.02 141.8 35.73
1995 8,624 12,743 1.03 0.80 10.21 144.8 36.90
1994 9,270 12,778 0.99 0.77 9.91 145.0 37.05
1993 8,937 12,817 1.00 0.78 9.60 146.6 37.57
1992 8,915 12,830 1.03 NA 9.48 147.3 37.81
1991 8,599 12,768 1.00 NA 9.79 152.2 38.87
1990 8,488 12,714 0.96 NA 9.84 154.5 39.29


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Note:
  • Data are for electric generating plants with a total steam electric and combined name plate capacity of 50 megawatts or more.
  • BTU, Average Quality, and Average Delivered Cost values for 1991 and 1992 computed by VCCER, from data provided in EIA publications.
  • Totals may not equal sum of components due to independent rounding
  • IMPORTANT! Due to electric restructuring, several generating plants operated by electric utilities were sold and reclassified as nonutility generating plants during 1998 and 1999. At the completion of the sale, these electric plants were no longer required to file receipt and cost data on federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Form 423. It is important to note that the sale of plants has affected year-to-year comparisons of data at the State, Census Division, and National level.


  • Source:
  • Table 16, Cost and Quality of Fuels at Electric Utility Plants, 2001 to 2005, EIA.
  • Table 23, Cost and Quality of Fuels at Electric Utility Plants, 1992 to 2000, EIA.
  • Table 33, Cost and Quality of Fuels at Electric Utility Plants, 1990 and 1991, EIA.