U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
Electricity Monthly Update
With Data for July 2016 | Release Date: Sep. 27, 2016 | Next Release Date: Oct. 25, 2016
Electric Power Sector Coal Stocks: July 2016
In July, U.S. coal stockpiles decreased to 172 million tons, down 7.4% from the previous month. As a whole, U.S. coal stockpiles have decreased 22.6 million tons from this year's high of 194 million tons in March. However, U.S. coal stockpiles are still at relatively high levels becaue coal continues to lose market share to natural gas in most 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 86 days of burn in June to 87 days of forward-looking days of burn in July. For subbituminous units largely located in the western United States, the average number of days of burn increased, going from 79 days in June to 80 days in July.
Coal stocks and average number of days of burn for non-lignite coal by region (electric power sector)
|July 2016||July 2015||June 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|
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.