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With Data for February 2016  |  Release Date: April 28, 2016  |  Next Release Date: May 25, 2016

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Electric Power Sector Coal Stocks: February 2016

 



In February, U.S. coal stockpiles remained relatively flat compared to the previous month, deviating from the normal seasonal pattern where stockpiles decrease during the winter months. The departure from the winter draw-down in coal stocks occurred because of the extremely warm temperatures experienced throughout the country in February 2016 and also becaue coal continues to lose market share to natural gas in all regions of the country.

Days of burn




The average number of days of burn held at electric power plants is a forward-looking estimate of coal supply given a power plant's current stockpile and past consumption patterns. For bituminous units largely located in the eastern United States, the average number of days of burn increased from 94 days of burn in January to 99 days of forward-looking days of burn in February. For subbituminous units largely located in the western United States, the average number of days of burn increased, going from 101 days in January to 105 days in February. The 99 days of burn for bituminous units and 105 days of burn for subbituminous units are the highest level of days reached since this metric was calculated beginning in January 2010.

Coal stocks and average number of days of burn for non-lignite coal by region (electric power sector)

  February 2016   February 2015   January 2016  
Zone Coal Stocks (1000 tons) Days of Burn   Stocks (1000 tons) Days of Burn % Change of Stocks Stocks (1000 tons) Days of Burn % Change of Stocks
Northeast Bituminous 7,725 113   5,982 85 29.1% 7,963 100 -3.0%
  Subbituminous 545 303   747 260 -27.1% 652 220 -16.5%
South Bituminous 34,970 99   30,211 81 15.8% 35,788 97 -2.3%
  Subbituminous 7,689 99   5,942 80 29.4% 7,792 98 -1.3%
Midwest Bituminous 17,391 99   13,392 74 29.9% 17,447 91 -0.3%
  Subbituminous 46,504 95   32,575 64 42.8% 46,617 87 -0.2%
West Bituminous 5,313 85   4,746 74 11.9% 4,852 78 9.5%
  Subbituminous 42,051 121   30,848 91 36.3% 40,971 121 2.6%
U.S. Total Bituminous 65,400 99   54,331 79 20.4% 66,051 94 -1.0%
  Subbituminous 96,789 105   70,112 76 38.0% 96,032 101 0.8%

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

NOTE: Stockpile levels shown above reflect a sample of electric power sector plants, which were used to create the days of burn statistics. These levels will not equal total electric power sector stockpile levels.

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