Register with us today

and in less than 60 seconds continue your access to:Latest news headlinesAnalytical topics and featuresCommodities videos, podcast & blogsSample market prices & dataSpecial reportsSubscriber notes & daily commodity email alerts

Already have an account?

Log in to register

Forgot Password

Please Note: Platts Market Center subscribers can only reset passwords via the Platts Market Center

Enter your Email ID below and we will send you an email with your password.


  • Email Address* Please enter email address.

If you are a premium subscriber, we are unable to send you your password for security reasons. Please contact the Client Services team.

If you are a Platts Market Center subscriber, to reset your password go to the Platts Market Center to reset your password.

In this list
Coal | Natural Gas

US coal output forecast at 530 mil st in 2020, consumption at 394 million st: EIA

Commodities | Agriculture | Biofuels | Grains | Sugar | Natural Gas | Oil | Crude Oil | Shipping | Tankers | Coronavirus

Market Movers Americas, July 13-17: NYMEX RBOB returns to backwardation, but coronavirus threatens gasoline demand recovery

LNG | Natural Gas | NGL

Platts LNG Alert

Capital Markets | Commodities | Electric Power | Natural Gas

Mexican Energy Conference, 24th

Electric Power | Natural Gas | Natural Gas (North American)

Analysis: Concerns over Texas Eastern capacity restrictions ease, but volatility risks remain

US coal output forecast at 530 mil st in 2020, consumption at 394 million st: EIA

Highlights

Coal output projected to drop 23.2% on year

Gas generation share forecast jumps to 41% in 2020

Houston — The US Energy Information Administration forecast coal production of 530 million st in 2020, down 23.2% from the estimated 2019 output of 690 million st, the Energy Information Administration's Short-Term Energy Outlook reported June 9.

Not registered?

Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your experience.

Register Now

The 2020 output projection rose 1.4% from the May outlook, the first month-on-month increase since the start of the year.

For 2021, the EIA projected output of about 549 million st.

Coal exports for 2020 were projected to total 63.6 million st, down 31.5% from last year's exports. The forecast also rose 0.6% month on month.

Coal exports in 2021 are projected to be 70 million st.

Power sector consumption was forecast to total 351 million st in 2020, down 35% from 2019 consumption and 4.6% below the May report. In 2021, consumption is forecast at 425 million st, down 6.5% from the previous report.

Total US consumption was forecast to be about 394 million st in 2020, down 13.2% from the previous outlook and 33% below 2019. The EIA 2021 forecast was about 469 million st, down 5.9% from May's forecast.

Compared with US coal-powered estimated generation share of 24% in 2019, the June EIA report projected coal generation share of 17% in 2020, down from 19.2% in May, and 20% in 2021, down from the previous projection of 21.3%.

Natural gas generation share for 2020 was projected to be 41%, up from 37.3% in 2019, and the highest since S&P Global Platts began tracking the data in 2013. In 2021, gas generation was projected at 36%.

The EIA forecast gas production at 89.7 Bcf/d for 2020 in June, down from 2019 production of about 92.2 Bcf/d. The 2021 projection was slightly down at 85.4 Bcf/d. Power sector consumption for 2020 was forecast to be 31.5 Bcf/d, up 1.8% from 2019 consumption, and 27.2 Bcf/d in 2021.