Average Cost, Quantity, and Quality of Virginia Origin Coal Shipments to US Electric Utilities


Year Quantity (thousand short tons) BTU (per pound) Average Quality Average Delivered Cost
Sulfur (percent by weight) Sulfur (pounds per MM BTU) Ash (percent by weight) (cents per million BTU) (dollars per short ton)
2007 20,212 12,592 1.03 0.82 11.01 251 62.93
2006 19,387 12,593 1.02 0.81 10.86 248.0 62.23
2005 18,314 12,594 0.98 0.77 11.17 228.0 57.05
2004 15,750 12,626 0.95 0.75 10.95 177.0 44.58
2003 21,118 12,781 0.90 0.70 10.26 156.0 39.55
2002 21,632 12,907 0.98 0.76 9.69 150.0 38.55
2001 19,647 12,750 0.94 0.74 10.58 150.3 38.33
2000 19,582 12,891 0.93 0.72 9.84 137.4 35.44
1999 19,739 12,875 1.00 0.78 9.73 142.9 36.80
1998 16,818 12,865 0.99 0.77 9.73 143.9 37.03
1997 15,346 12,849 1.08 0.84 10.30 145.9 37.50
1996 14,479 12,818 1.05 0.82 10.20 147.8 37.88
1995 14,454 12,908 1.01 0.78 9.70 156.8 40.47
1994 16,414 12,801 1.04 0.82 10.20 160.4 41.06
1993 16,683 12,848 1.05 0.82 9.90 162.9 41.85
1992 16,548 12,872 1.10 N/A 9.70 164.0 42.21
1991 16,167 12,887 1.14 N/A 9.70 167.6 43.21
1990 17,366 12,951 1.13 N/A 9.50 168.7 43.70


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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.
  • N/A refers to data unavailable from referenced sources at time of last update.
  • 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.