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

US coal consumption increases to near year-high volume

Agriculture | Energy | Coal | Electric Power | Natural Gas | Oil | Metals | Petrochemicals | Shipping

2020 US Elections


Platts Global Coal Alert

Oil | Refined Products | Fuel Oil | Shipping | Dry Freight | Marine Fuels | Tankers

Mediterranean Bunker Fuel Conference, 9th Annual

Coal | Metals | Steel

Asia met coal finally reacts to coronavirus pandemic with sharp weekly fall

US coal consumption increases to near year-high volume


Daily pricing for tons and allowances for SO2 and NOx emissions

The exclusive Platts OTC Broker Index, a market assessment compiled from three of the largest and most respected coal brokers

What happened in yesterday's OTC markets, and why

An analysis of coal price trends in all major U.S. producing areas

Details of how major coal companies are trading in the financial markets

Coverage of mine openings, closings, production

Reports on who's in the market for coal

Houston — Hotter weather and higher natural gas prices have helped increase coal consumption for power generation to near a year-high mark.

Not registered?

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

Register Now

Coal consumption last week topped 16.5 million st, a weekly volume eclipsed only once this year when 17.1 million st was burned the week ending January 21, according to Bentek Energy, a unit of S&P Global Platts.

The climb in coal consumption began in late May as the Henry Hub prompt-month gas futures contract began to gain strength. Since the rollover into July delivery, the Henry Hub prompt-month contract is up 78.4 cents, a 39.9% gain.

Monday's settlement at $2.747/MMBtu marked a year-high price for the Henry Hub prompt-month contract and its highest since $2.758/MMBtu on September 14.

Article Continues below...

As gas prices went up in the past month, coal consumption also climbed, increasing 29.4% nationwide from 12.8 million st in the week ending May 19, with coal-fired boilers in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas leading the surge.

MISO has seen coal consumption jump 43% since mid-May, with weekly volumes climbing to 4.1 million st last week from 2.9 million st. MISO weekly coal consumption last topped 4 million st in January.

Coal consumption in ERCOT has increased since early April and picked up in May. ERCOT coal consumption had not surpassed 2 million st/week this year until volumes topped that mark in five of the last six weeks. Consumption reached a year-high mark of 2.5 million st in the first week of June.

--Jim Levesque,
--Edited by Jason Lindquist,