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Posted April 24, 2014Today in Energy

Power plant coal stockpiles are expected to rebuild after heavy winter drawdown ›

Coal stockpiles at electric power plants experienced a steep drawdown this winter, falling 24% between November 2013 and February 2014, ending at the lowest level since March 2006. A main reason for this reduction was increased electricity demand because of the colder-than-normal weather. Total U.S. net electricity generation was 5.3% higher this winter (Nov.-Feb.) than last winter, with 59% of the increase supplied by coal generation, which was up 8% year-over-year, or by 40,000 gigawatthours. More


Source: EIA, Electric Power Monthly

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WTI crude oil futures price

4/22/2014: $102.13/bbl

down$1.62 from week earlier
up$13.37 from year earlier

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4/22/2014: $4.739/mmBtu

up$0.172 from week earlier
up$0.472 from year earlier

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4/21/2014: $3.683/gal

up$0.032 from week earlier
up$0.147 from year earlier

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4/18/2014: 397.7 mmbbl

up3.5 mmbbl from week earlier
up9.1 mmbbl from year earlier

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4/12/2014: 18.937 million tons

down0.182 million tons from week earlier
up1.019 million tons from year earlier

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