U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
Electricity Monthly Update
With Data for February 2016 | Release Date: April 28, 2016 | Next Release Date: May 25, 2016
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|
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.