U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
Electricity Monthly Update
With Data for April 2016 | Release Date: June 24, 2016 | Next Release Date: July 26, 2016
Electric Power Sector Coal Stocks: April 2016
In April, U.S. coal stockpiles increased to 196 million tons, up 1% from the previous month. As a whole, U.S. coal stockpiles are at very high levels due to the mild winter experienced earlier in the year and also 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 decreased from 97 days of burn in March to 91 days of forward-looking days of burn in April. For subbituminous units largely located in the western United States, the average number of days of burn decreased, going from 102 days in March to 93 days in April.
Coal stocks and average number of days of burn for non-lignite coal by region (electric power sector)
|April 2016||April 2015||March 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.