Average Transportation Rates, Distances, and Costs for Contract Coal Shipments to Electric Utilities, by Coal Field in Central Appalachia Coal Region and South Atlantic Census Division

  Rate per Short Ton (Chained (2000) Dollars) Rate Per Ton-Mile (In Mills, Chained (2000) Dollars) Average Distance Shipped (Miles)
2001 11.14 20.8 493.6
2000 10.91 20.8 503.7
1999 10.06 22.8 444.0
1990 13.65 30.5 474.7
1979 12.01 38.3 364.7

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  • Central Appalachia Coal Region includes Eastern Kentucky, Virginia, and Southern West Virginia, as displayed: Coal Regions and Coal Fields Map. The South Atlantic Census Region includes Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, as displayed: Census Regions and Divisions Map. This data is for the part of the South Atlantic Census Division that is within the Central Appalachia Coal Region.
  • Coal Field/Census Division pairs displayed include all for which 50 percent or more of the rate-related data could be released. Those data pairs not represented either do not trade coal or are withheld to protect confidentiality of respondents where three or fewer utilities comprise the sample.
  • Preliminary rate or value data for 2000 or 2001. These data are subject to change.
  • Import records excluded; they are few in number and usually are missing rate and distance data.
  • Chained (2000) dollars: calculated by using gross domestic product implicit price deflators.

  • Source:
  • Table 2.02, Coal Transportation: Rates and Trends in the United States, EIA