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With Data for April 2016  |  Release Date: June 24, 2016  |  Next Release Date: July 26, 2016

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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
Northeast Bituminous 7,641 117   6,061 81 26.1% 7,165 111 6.7%
  Subbituminous 171 184   799 262 -78.6% 171 208 0.0%
South Bituminous 37,654 89   33,819 76 11.3% 36,811 97 2.3%
  Subbituminous 7,838 86   6,927 79 13.1% 7,951 95 -1.4%
Midwest Bituminous 18,365 95   14,820 74 23.9% 18,005 100 2.0%
  Subbituminous 46,805 86   38,488 70 21.6% 46,914 94 -0.2%
West Bituminous 5,587 76   5,341 72 4.6% 4,907 76 13.9%
  Subbituminous 41,393 103   34,743 86 19.1% 42,090 114 -1.7%
U.S. Total Bituminous 69,247 91   60,041 76 15.3% 66,888 97 3.5%
  Subbituminous 96,207 93   80,957 77 18.8% 97,126 102 -0.9%

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.

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