US coal-fired generation increased by 13.7% y-o-y in April

US power generation totalled 293.7TWh in April, down 7.6% m-o-m but still was 0.3% higher y-o-y. Coal-fired generation declined by 8.8% m-o-m to 81.8TWh, although still was 13.7% higher y-o-y.

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Interestingly, gas-fired generation declined to 86.2TWh, down 6.9% m-o-m and down 13.6% y-o-y.

US electricity output declined to 1,241TWh over the first 4 months of the year, down 1.7% y-o-y. Gas-fired generation declined to 348.8TWh, down 15.3% y-o-y. Nuclear generation was also down at 259TWh, down 2.9% y-o-y. On the other hand, coal-fired generation increased to 374TWh, up 6.9% y-o-y.

Coal consumption at US thermal power plants totalled 40.1m metric tonnes at the end of April, down 9.1% m-o-m but still was 14% higher y-o-y. US thermal power plants consumed 185.5m metric tonnes of coal over the Jan.-April period, up 12.7m metric tonnes or 7.4% y-o-y.

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Source: EIA