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How much coal is used in the US each year?
In 2020, about 477 million short tons (MMst) of coal were consumed in the United States. On an energy content basis, this amount was equal to about 9.2 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) and to about 10% of total U.S. energy consumption.
What is coal?
What is coal? Coal is a sedimentary deposit composed predominantly of carbon that is readily combustible. Coal is black or brownish-black, and has a composition that (including inherent moisture) consists of more than 50 percent by weight and more than 70 percent by volume of carbonaceous material.
How many types of coal are there?
There are four types of coal; lignite, sub-bituminous, bituminous and anthracite, which are created during a process known as 鈥榗oalification鈥? Coalification means the degree of change undergone by coal as it matures from peat to anthracite.
What is the main source of energy in coal?
It is composed mostly of carbon and hydrocarbons, which contain energy that can be released through combustion (burning). Coal is the largest source of energy for generating electricity in the world, and the most abundant fossil fuel in the United States. Fossil fuels are formed from the remains of ancient organisms.