U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
Electricity Monthly Update
With Data for January 2014 | Release Date: Mar. 21, 2014 | Next Release Date: Apr. 21, 2014
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|
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.