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With Data for April 2014  |  Release Date: June 23, 2014  |  Next Release Date: July 25, 2014   |   Revision

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Electric Power Sector Coal Stocks: April 2014

 



Total U.S. coal stocks increased by 10.3 million tons compared to the previous month as the electric industry begins its spring build-up of coal stocks at power plants. However, compared to the previous April, total U.S. coal stocks are down 25.7 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 57 days the previous month to 55 days in April 2014, while the total subbituminous supply remained flat at 50 days of burn.

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

  April 2014   April 2013   March 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
Northeast Bituminous 3,597 36   6,758 57 -46.8% 3,048 36 18.0%
  Subbituminous 344 49   266 34 29.5% 378 74 -9.0%
South Bituminous 30,872 54   49,474 80 -37.6% 28,121 57 9.8%
  Subbituminous 4,396 41   6,688 61 -34.3% 3,545 37 24.0%
Midwest Bituminous 13,154 57   16,177 66 -18.7% 11,741 57 12.0%
  Subbituminous 27,920 46   38,824 61 -28.1% 25,080 45 11.3%
West Bituminous 5,538 93   6,923 110 -20.0% 5,188 97 6.8%
  Subbituminous 23,079 59   33,166 81 -30.4% 22,317 62 3.4%
U.S. Total Bituminous 53,162 55   79,331 76 -33.0% 48,097 57 10.5%
  Subbituminous 55,739 50   78,945 68 -29.4% 51,321 50 8.6%

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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