jjs777_fzr wrote:I just figured since the US has one of the richest coal reserves in the world...that it would not be a big deal.
The supply can get a bit thin during the fall and at this time of the year. People who buy twice are getting their second load about now and that's compounded with the cold under normal conditions. You always get those few days where it is really cold so the breakers aren't running. This year with the abnormally cold weather it's even compounded further.
When it gets really low the breakers are only going to be giving coal to customers with contracts or their core customers. I can remember after Katrina the rice coal was in real short supply in the fall, 5 ton load of rice on the truck and I'm waiting at the scale behind some guy who came into buy some rice. "We don't have any"....
Buy in the summer, it's cheaper, cleaner and there is no supply issues. I used to send out letters to every customer I had in the Spring, these other guys would be sitting on their asses and I'd be working right through the summer.