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With Data for January 2014  |  Release Date: Mar. 21, 2014  |  Next Release Date: Apr. 21, 2014

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Electric Power Sector Coal Stocks: January 2014

 



In January 2014, total coal stocks decreased 10.6 percent from the previous month, and since January 2013, coal stocks have decreased 26.0 percent. This winter's extremely cold weather in the eastern half of the country has caused a draw-down of coal stockpiles at power plants due to increased coal consumption for electricity generation. Furthermore, there have been trade press reports that attribute the harsh weather for delivery delays and rail congestion that has reduced the ability of power plants to replenish their stockpiles to desired level.

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 increased from 63 days the previous month to 66 days in January 2014, while the total subbituminous supply increased from 48 days in December 2013 to 50 days in January 2014.

Coal Stocks and Average Number of Days of Burn for Non-Lignite Coal by Region (Electric Power Sector)

  January 2014   January 2013   December 2013  
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 4,280 42   7,414 62 -42.3% 5,224 40 -18.1%
  Subbituminous 202 20   448 27 -54.9% 282 19 -28.3%
South Bituminous 35,308 75   49,514 95 -28.7% 41,646 71 -15.2%
  Subbituminous 3,275 36   6,610 69 -50.5% 3,790 34 -13.6%
Midwest Bituminous 11,474 48   16,048 67 -28.5% 14,211 54 -19.3%
  Subbituminous 27,819 44   43,900 70 -36.6% 30,973 45 -10.2%
West Bituminous 5,261 104   7,176 127 -26.7% 5,637 94 -6.7%
  Subbituminous 24,566 63   33,337 87 -26.3% 25,233 58 -2.6%
U.S. Total Bituminous 56,323 66   80,151 87 -29.7% 66,718 63 -15.6%
  Subbituminous 55,862 50   84,295 75 -33.7% 60,279 48 -7.3%

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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