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Wyoming Coal

  • Production/Consumption:
    • #1 in U.S. coal production
    • 395.6 million short tons produced in 2014
    • Produced 39.4 percent of all coal mined in U.S. in 2013
    • In 2013, 33 states received coal from Wyoming mines, with eight states buying more than 90 percent of their coal from Wyoming

  • Prices: Average sales price $12.20/short ton in 2014
  • Employment/Taxes:
    • 6,673 employees in 2013
    • Through royalties, severance taxes, and other payments, the coal industry contributed approximately $1.02 billion to state and local governments in 2010
    • Assessed value in 2015: $3.8B (WDOR, 2015)
    • Collectible severance taxes in 2015: $$275M (WDOR, 2015)
  • Electrical Generation:
    • 355 Trillion Btu of coal-fired net electricity generation in 2013
    • Installed coal generation capacity: 6,035MW
  • Resources and Infrastructure:
    • Recoverable coal reserves: 74.81 billion short tons
    • Wyodak coal seam in the Powder River Basin is the #1 producing coal bed in the U.S.
    • 16 active coal operators in Wyoming

Coal Mines


Unless otherwise noted, all facts presented here can be sourced to the EIA.

(EIA, 2016) United States Energy Information Administration (EIA). Retrieved from:

(WDOR, 2015) Wyoming Department of Revenue (WDOR).  "Department of Revenue 2015 Annual Report." Click here to retrieve PDF.

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