U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
Electricity Monthly Update
With Data for November 2016 | Release Date: Jan. 26, 2017 | Next Release Date: Feb. 24, 2017
Electric Power Sector Coal Stocks: November 2016
In November, U.S. coal stockpiles increased to 172 million tons, up 5.3% 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 slightly from 86 days of burn in October to 85 days of forward-looking days of burn in November. For subbituminous units largely located in the western United States, the average number of days of burn increased from 87 days of burn in October to 90 days of burn in November.
Coal stocks and average number of days of burn for non-lignite coal by region (electric power sector)
|November 2016||November 2015||October 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.