(LOOTPRESS) -U.S. coal-fired electric generation increased from May to June by +36.7%. Generation at West Virginia’s eight coal-fired power plants increased by +32.2% month over month. Year to date, compared to the same six months of 2020, U.S. coal-fired electric generation is up +36.5%. Generation from West Virginia’s coal plants is up +35%.
Stockpiles of bituminous coal at domestic utility plants decreased by -6.8% month over month. Sub-bituminous coal stockpiles decreased by -8.1% from May to June. Compared to the same time last year, average bituminous coal stockpiles are -27.9% lower and sub-bituminous stockpiles are -21.7% lower than the same six months of 2020. Bituminous coal stockpiles are at their lowest level since January 2019. Sub-bituminous stockpiles are at their lowest level since March 2019.
Quantified as “days of burn”, bituminous coal stockpiles decreased by -4.4% from May to June and sub-bituminous stockpiles decreased by -9.5% month over month. Compared to the same six months of 2020, average bituminous coal days of burn are -13.1% lower and sub-bituminous average days of burn are -2.6% lower than the same time last year.
***Note: coal stockpile information for West Virginia coal plants has not been published by EIA since March, withheld at the request of the plant owners.***