U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
Electricity Monthly Update
With Data for February 2013 | Release Date: Apr. 22, 2013 | Next Release Date: May 21, 2013
Electric Power Sector Coal Stocks: February 2013
In February 2013, total coal stocks decreased 1.7 percent from the previous month, indicating increased consumption of coal due to a combination of colder weather, lower prices for coal, and higher natural gas prices in many regions. Total coal stockpiles were around 177 million tons, the lowest total level since August of 2012 but still high for a winter month when stockpile levels typically fall due to increased consumption to meet heating demand.
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. As with total stockpile levels, the days of burn held at electric power plants remained at elevated levels. In February 2013, total bituminous supply remained flat from the previous month at 96 days. Total subbituminous supply increased from 80 days of burn in January 2013 to 85 days of burn in February 2013.
Coal Stocks and Average Number of Days of Burn for Non-Lignite Coal by Region (Electric Power Sector)
|February 2013||February 2012||January 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.