Coal & Mineral Production
The Total Value of Coal Produced in Colorado in 2011 is Estimated to be $1.1 Billion.
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- In 2011, Colorado ranked 9th in coal production in the U.S.
- Colorado coal mines produced 26.7 million tons of coal in 2011.
- Colorado has 2,504 coal miners.
- The average coal production is 8.52 tons per miner-hour, one of the most efficient rates in the nation.
Uses of Coal
- Electricity generation in power plants
- Cement and steel-making processes
- Coalbed methane and coal gasification
Distribution and Consumption
- 60% percent of Colorado’s coal is shipped by rail to Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, Utah, Mississippi, and Wisconsin.
- 13 Colorado power plants consumed 20 million tons of coal in 2008, generating 39 million megawatt-hours of electricity.
Colorado Coal Quality
- Coal produced in Colorado is low in sulfur and ash content.
- Colorado’s “clean coal” can be used at power plants without the added cost of washing.
- Colorado coal is also very low in mercury and arsenic.
- Western U.S. coal contains less sulfur than eastern coal.
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