U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
Electricity Monthly Update
With Data for May 2014 | Release Date: July 30, 2014 | Next Release Date: August 25, 2014 | Revision
Electric Power Sector Coal Stocks: May 2014
Total U.S. coal stocks increased by 7.9 million tons compared to the previous month as the electric industry continues its spring build-up of coal stocks at power plants. However, compared to the previous May, total U.S. coal stocks are down 22.9 percent.
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. The total bituminous supply decreased from 55 days the previous month to 51 days in May 2014, while the total subbituminous supply decreased from 50 days in April 2014 to 46 days in May 2014.
Coal stocks and average number of days of burn for non-lignite coal by region (electric power sector)
|May 2014||May 2013||April 2014|
|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|
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.