SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Governor Pat Quinn released a new report Wednesday that forecasts continued major export growth for the Illinois coal industry.
Illinois exported a record 13 million tons of coal in 2012, a five-fold increase from 2.5 million tons in 2010, according to Realizing Illinois’ Coal Export Potential, a report conducted by Energy Ventures Analysis Inc. for the Illinois Office of Coal Development.
Illinois coal has been shipped to at least 18 countries in 2011 and 2012, according to the report. Illinois is now the fifth largest coal producing state in the U.S., up from ninth in 2009. The industry supports more than 4,000 jobs in Illinois.