Residential coal using is a fraction of a percent of total US coal production. The following is taken data from the Annual Coal Report 2005, published October 2006, Energy Information Administration document DOE/EIA-0584 (2005).
Coal Consumption by use (per thousand short tons):
Electric Power 1,037,485
Doing the math I get 1,121,259 thousands of tons coal consumption. Residential heating is 4,217 divided by 1,121,259 = 0.4%
Now this is total consumption anthracite plus bituminous. Anthracite is a small fraction of the bituminous consumption.
From the Penn. Mining Production report 2004, the latest available Anthracite production was (tons):
Underground Mines 271,029
Surface Mines 2,056,003
Total Anthracite production 2,327,032 tons
I can't put my hands on the data source right now but of the total annual Anthracite production less than 0.1% is used for residential heating.
Anthracite coal production peaked in 1917 at 100,445,299 tons. It's been going down hill ever since. As our leader says:
NEPAForum Admin wrote:That may be true however you will not see coal rise to the prices of other fuels, the market would not bear those prices. Why go through the trouble of using coal if you could flip a switch for the same cost?