U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
Electricity Monthly Update
With Data for January 2017 | Release Date: March 24, 2017 | Next Release Date: April 25, 2017
Electric Power Sector Coal Stocks: January 2017
In January, U.S. coal stockpiles decreased to 157 million tons, down 4% from the previous month. This decrease in total coal stockpiles follows the normal seasonal pattern whereby coal stockpiles are drawn down during the winter 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 increased from 80 days of burn in December to 90 days of forward-looking days of burn in January. For subbituminous units largely located in the western United States, the average number of days of burn increased from 90 days in December to 99 days in January.
Coal stocks and average number of days of burn for non-lignite coal by region (electric power sector)
|January 2017||January 2016||December 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.