Coal

Over 90 percent of Great Lakes coal is “steam coal”, which is used to make electricity. Generally, the rest is metallurgical or “met coal” used for steel production.

Annual 2016-2021 and Long-term Average (net tons)

Coal 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Average 2016-2021
Lake Superior 9,609,901 10,254,462 8,697,702 7,952,133 4,930,728 7,268,985 8,288,985
Lake Michigan  526,568 369,327 390,438 723,841 560,057 827,962 514,046
Lake Erie 2,828,408 2,708,708 2,728,192 2,642,972 1,764,650 2,255,738 2,534,586
Total 12,964,877 13,332,497 11,816,332 11,318,946 7,255,435 10,352,685 11,337,617

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