A report released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration states that coal stockpiles in November 2012 were above the levels of November 2011. The levels also remain above the five-year average for the eleventh straight month.
According to the EIA, the leading causes for the increased stockpiles were increased competition between fuels as well as a warm winter in 2011 and 2012.
Days of burn, an estimate of how long it would take a plant to use a stockpile of coal based on past consumption patterns, are also the highest in the past four years, peaking at nearly 90 days of burn in spring 2012.
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