Natural gas exports exceed coal exports in record milestone
Total energy production in the U.S. was down in 2016, the first decrease since 2009, according to a note released by the EIA today. U.S. primary energy production totaled 84.1 quadrillion BTU in 2016, 4% below the 88 quadrillion BTU produced in 2015.
18% drop in coal drives decrease
Most of this decrease was due to declining coal production. Low natural gas prices and flat electricity demand resulted in an 18% decrease in coal production in 2016. According to the EIA, coal productio...

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