PRICE AND AVAILABILITY OF WESTERN COAL IN THE MIDWESTERN MARKET

The prices of low-sulfur Western coals selling in the Midwestern market are estimated for the period 1975 to 1982. The price estimates follow from a cost analysis of Western coal production and transportation that takes into account possible constraints on the rate of Western coal development. Analysis of Western coal transportation costs reveals a wide variation in railroad transportation rates. Rates in 1975 for shipments from the Powder River Basin to destinations north of Chicago or west of the Mississippi River were approximately 7.4 mills per ton-mile; rates for destinations south of Chicago and east of the Mississippi were about 9.3 mills per ton-mile. Railroad transportation costs, expressed in constant dollars, are projected to increase at 3 percent per year. Information provided by this study should assist government regulatory bodies and electric utilities and industrial companies in evaluating alternative sulfur dioxide control strategies. (ERA citation 02:047347)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Industrial power conference, Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America (USA), 16 May 1976. Available from ERDA, P.O. Box 62, Oak Ridge, TN 37830, Attn: TIC.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Argonne National Laboratory

    9700 South Cass Avenue
    Argonne, IL  USA  60439

    Energy Research and Development Administration

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    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Asbury, J G
    • Costello, K W
  • Publication Date: 1976

Media Info

  • Pagination: 16 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00169498
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: W-31-109-ENG-38
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1978 12:00AM