The US coal industry in 2015: the impact on buyers

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Report summary

Electric power, steel, refining, manufacturing, chemical and pharmaceutical industries that depend on coal are concerned about the health of the market and wonder how another round of new-era mine closures and consolidation will change competition or diversity of the commodity they depend on. In this insight, we discuss how this "new normal" may evolve, for coal buyers.

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Table of contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Consolidation fears: for sellers too
  • Consolidation as survival
  • Market concentration of the coal industry
  • Self-managing supply risk
    • Changing contractual patterns
    • A push for contract flexibility
    • CONSOL's new flex-fuel contract: will it work?
  • Conclusion
    • HHI Explained
    • Case Example

Tables and charts

This report includes 7 images and tables including:


  • 2014 Coal industry concentration and HHI based on MSHA production
  • 2014 Coal industry concentration of large producers and with Murray/Foresight merger
  • EIA Contract deliveries
  • EIA Delivered coal prices
  • Herfindahl–Hirschman Index (HHI) senario example chart


  • 2015 Thermal Coal Production cuts/delays announced in 2015 YTD (Mst)
  • Herfindahl–Hirschman Index (HHI) senario example table

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