The latest Short Term Energy Outlook from the Energy Information administration indicated coal production in August was the highest measured since October 2015.
U.S. coal companies produced 74 million MMst of coal, eight percent higher than August 2016. The year-to-date total of 528 MMst is now 14 percent higher than last year.
Coal exports have grown as well, with exports for the first six months of the year 55 percent higher than exports over the same time last year. Exports are expected to slow in the coming months, with the forecast of 2017 to reach 21 percent higher than 2016.
The EIA expects the share of utility-scale electricity production from natural gas to fall from 34 percent in 2016 to 31 percent in 2017 due to higher natural gas prices and competition from coal and renewables. Coal will rise from 30 percent last year to 31 percent this year.
The 2018 forecast calls for 31 percent natural gas and 32 percent coal.
Wind generation is projected to rise from 82 GW at the end of 2016 to 88 GW at the end of 2017 and 96 GW by the end of 2018.
Solar should also rise from 22 GW at the end of last year to 29 GW at the end of this year and 96 GW at the end of 2018.
Generation-related carbon dioxide emissions are now expected to decrease by 0.5 percent in 2017 and 2.6 percent in 2018.
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- On September 13, 2017