The complexion of the top 20 U.S. coal producers in the last five years has dramatically changed with the loss of eight companies from the list due to bankruptcies or sales. The drop in spot coal prices and decrease in natural gas prices, along with geological and regulatory challenges, contributed to these changes. Overall, U.S. production is down 17% during this time period. Spot prices across the four regions have dropped collectively approximately 35% with the steepest drop in Appalachia at 44%.
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|Top Coal Producers, 2015||Tonnage (millions|
|3||Cloud Peak Energy||75.1|
|4||Alpha Natural Resources||72.0|
|5||Murray Energy Corp.||55.2|
|6||Alliance Resource Partners||41.2|
|7||North American Coal||30.5|
|12||Kiewit Mining Group||18.2|
|13||Bowie Resource Partners||12.2|
|15||Black Hawk Mining||10.1|
|20||Signal Peak Energy||6.4|
- Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)
- National Mining Association (NMA)
- U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
- S&P Global Platts