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Kentucky’s Coal Industry

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Historically, Kentucky has been a major player in the coal production industry, which provides more than half of the electric power used in the U.S. In 1996, the state ranked third (surpassed only by Wyoming and West Virginia) in total domestic coal production, extracting 152.4 million tons (about 14% of the U.S. total). Approximately 85% of Kentucky’s coal is sold to out-of-state electric plants, primarily on the eastern seaboard.


Suggested citation: “Kentucky’s Coal Industry,” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Trends, no. 98-03, pp. 15, 03.01.1998.

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