President Trump's much-touted coal exports are going to feel a pinch in 2019, according to the Energy Department.
The Energy Information's Administration's latest monthly energy projections released Wednesday showed coal exports falling a substantial 7 percent next year as coal demand slumps.
The 7 percent drop anticipated in the October projections would offset the 12 percent increase in coal exports in 2018.
Trump touted coal exports during a midterm campaign rally at the end of September in West Virginia, referring to the increase in exports as part of his promise to put miners back to work.
The Trump administration has made coal exports part of its "energy dominance" agenda, in which oil, natural gas, and coal exports are central to success.
Overall, however, coal consumption will fall 2 percent by the end of the year, despite the 12 percent increase in coal exports, according to the new report.
"The production decrease is largely attributable to a forecast decline of 4 percent in domestic coal consumption in 2018," it explained.
EIA expects coal production to decline by another 2 percent in 2019 as coal exports, and coal consumption, drop by 7 percent and 5 percent, respectively.
EIA also sees the nation's share of coal-fired electricity generation falling three percentage points to a 27 percent share of the market in 2019. That's compared to coal's 30 percent market share in 2017, according to the monthly analysis.
Natural gas will continue its upward swing by rising three percentage points over the same time frame to provide 35 percent of nation's electricity in 2019.
Wind energy is also projected to rise 8 percent in 2018, and by 6 percent in 2019.
Solar is expected to make major strides, increasing by 26 percent by the end of the year, and by 14 percent by the end of 2019.