U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
Electricity Monthly Update
With Data for February 2014 | Release Date: Apr. 22, 2014 | Next Release Date: May 21, 2014
Electric Power Sector Coal Stocks: February 2014
Extreme cold throughout the winter continued in February, leading to a 13.4 million ton decline in coal inventories from last month. Coal stocks have decreased 32.2 percent from February of last year. Total U.S. coal stocks in the electric power sector were at their lowest levels since March 2006. A combination of weather- and congestion-related delays have contributed to flat to declining receipts of coal at electric power plants throughout the fall.
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 decreased from 66 days the previous month to 61 days in February 2014, while the total subbituminous supply decreased from 50 days in January 2014 to 48 days in February 2014.
Coal Stocks and Average Number of Days of Burn for Non-Lignite Coal by Region (Electric Power Sector)
|February 2014||February 2013||January 2014|
|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.