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With Data for November 2016  |  Release Date: Jan. 26, 2017  |  Next Release Date: Feb. 24, 2017

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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
Northeast Bituminous 5,891 77   8,032 89 -26.6% 5,646 84 4.3%
  Subbituminous 153 63   708 147 -78.4% 136 69 11.9%
South Bituminous 30,741 82   37,019 91 -17.0% 27,996 83 9.8%
  Subbituminous 6,491 75   7,584 84 -14.4% 6,039 73 7.5%
Midwest Bituminous 17,154 90   17,550 82 -2.3% 16,909 94 1.4%
  Subbituminous 45,254 85   45,375 74 -0.3% 43,096 84 5.0%
West Bituminous 6,099 93   5,785 78 5.4% 5,859 84 4.1%
  Subbituminous 34,098 102   39,044 104 -12.7% 31,312 95 8.9%
U.S. Total Bituminous 59,885 85   68,386 87 -12.4% 56,410 86 6.2%
  Subbituminous 85,996 90   92,710 85 -7.2% 80,583 87 6.7%

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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