CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – State coal production increased from the previous week by +6.3%. Production from the state’s NAPP region increased by +4.4% while production from the CAPP region of the state increased by +6.4%. year to date, state coal production is up by +16% compared to the same 24 weeks in 2020: +31.7% in the NAPP region of the state while production is off by -0.5% in the state’s CAPP region.
National coal production also increased week over week by +6.4%. Production in the entire Appalachian coal basin increased week over week by +7.8%.
EIA spot prices for thermal coal were unchanged from the previous week- the third straight week of no change. Average natural gas prices increased by +0.43% week over week.
Domestic iron and steel production declined slightly week over week by -0.3%, but furnace capacity utilization rates increased by +0.4%.
National electric generation increased from the previous week by +16.7%. Output in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions increased by +19% week over week. Generation in the Central Industrial region increased by +28% from the previous week.
U.S. rail traffic increased from the previous week by +8.2%. Coal carloads increased by +6.3%, finished steel and steel raw materials traffic decreased by -2% from the previous week.