Given the accessibility of river ports in western Kentucky, half of the region’s coal was distributed via barges in 2014. Just under a third of western Kentucky coal was transported by rail during the same year, and 19 percent was delivered by truck. In 2014, electric power plants represented 99 percent of the demand for western Kentucky coal. Kentucky exported 605 thousand tons of coal to three countries in 2015, down 35.6 percent from 2014. The federally available data are complicated by the confusion of export terminals and mining areas. For example, California is ranked tenth above in bituminous coal exports, yet produces no coal.