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With Data for February 2014  |  Release Date: Apr. 22, 2014  |  Next Release Date: May 21, 2014

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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
Northeast Bituminous 3,278 42   7,040 70 -53.4% 4,280 42 -23.4%
  Subbituminous 249 72   251 35 -1.0% 202 20 23.2%
South Bituminous 29,925 64   49,051 96 -39.0% 35,308 75 -15.2%
  Subbituminous 3,059 33   6,732 71 -54.6% 3,275 36 -6.6%
Midwest Bituminous 10,608 49   15,710 73 -32.5% 11,474 48 -7.5%
  Subbituminous 25,457 43   41,834 71 -39.1% 27,819 44 -8.5%
West Bituminous 5,137 102   6,586 118 -22.0% 5,261 104 -2.4%
  Subbituminous 21,989 60   33,977 94 -35.3% 24,566 63 -10.5%
U.S. Total Bituminous 48,948 61   78,388 90 -37.6% 56,323 66 -13.1%
  Subbituminous 50,754 48   82,794 79 -38.7% 55,862 50 -9.1%

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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