West Virginia coal production decreased last week by -8.7% from the previous week. Production from the NAPP region of the state declined by -10.4% and CAPP production decreased by -6.4% from the previous week. National coal production also decreased week over week by -3.4%. Production from the entire Appalachian coal region decreased by -2.7%, Illinois basin production decreased by -2.6% and Western production fell by almost -4% week over week.
Year to date, West Virginia coal production is off by -14.6% from the same time last year: -6.1% in the NAPP region of the state and -14.6% in the CAPP region of W.Va. National coal production is off by -21.1%. Production from the entire Appalachian coal basin is down by -17.3%.
Coal production in the entire NAPP thermal region is down by almost -16% from the same time last year. Implied national metallurgical production is off by -17.6%.
Thermal coal prices were unchanged from last week. Natural gas prices increased in all regions from the previous week, with the average price increasing by +34.5% ($0.87/MMBtu), driven by a +$2.77/MMBtu increase in pricing in the New York region.
U.S. iron and steel production increased slightly from the previous week by +0.46%. Furnace capacity utilization increased by +0.52%.
U.S. Electric generation increased week over week by +2.25%, including a +1.6% increase in output from the coal regions. Electrical generation from the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regions increased by +3.24%. Output from the Central Industrial Region increased by +3.58% from last week.
Total U.S. rail traffic dropped by -1.57% week over week.