U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
Electricity Monthly Update
With Data for October 2016 | Release Date: Dec. 27, 2016 | Next Release Date: Jan. 25, 2017
Electric Power Sector Coal Stocks: October 2016
In October, U.S. coal stockpiles increased to 164 million tons, up 3.4% from the previous month. This increase in total coal stockpiles follows the normal seasonal pattern whereby coal stockpiles begin to build-up during the autumn months.
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 92 days of burn in September to 86 days of forward-looking days of burn in October. For subbituminous units largely located in the western United States, the average number of days of burn remained unchanged at 87 days in October.
Coal stocks and average number of days of burn for non-lignite coal by region (electric power sector)
|October 2016||October 2015||September 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.