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The Availability and Price of Petroleum and Petroleum Products Produced in Countries Other Than Iran

Dec 18, 2014

The 18th in a series of reports required by section 1245 (d) (4) (A) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, which requires that, not later than 60 days from enactment and every 60 days thereafter, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) “submit to Congress a report on the availability and price of petroleum and petroleum products produced in countries other than Iran in the 60-day period preceding the submission of the report.”

Wind power capacity additions expected to increase in last quarter of 2014

Dec 18, 2014

On December 16, the Senate approved a bill (already passed by the House of Representatives on December 3) that retroactively extends the federal production tax credit (PTC) for wind plants, which had previously expired at the end of 2013. However, because of timing, this extension is unlikely to spur significant additional wind development activity beyond what installers had already planned.

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OPEC net oil export revenues expected to fall in 2014 and 2015

Dec 17, 2014
Based on crude oil market assessments in the Short-Term Energy Outlook, EIA estimates that members of OPEC, excluding Iran, will earn about $700 billion in net oil export revenues in 2014, a 14% decrease from 2013 earnings and the lowest earnings for the group since 2010. OPEC earnings declined in 2014 largely for two reasons: decreases in the amount of OPEC oil exports and lower oil prices, with the 2014 average for Brent crude oil projected to be 8% below the average 2013 price.

U.S. household gasoline expenditures in 2015 on track to be the lowest in 11 years

Dec 16, 2014
The average U.S. household is expected to spend about $550 less on gasoline in 2015 compared with 2014, as annual motor fuel expenditures are on track to fall to their lowest level in 11 years. Lower fuel expenditures are attributable to a combination of falling retail gasoline prices and more fuel-efficient cars and trucks that reduce the number of gallons used to travel a given distance.

Gasoline prices tend to have little effect on demand for car travel

Dec 15, 2014
The U.S. average retail price per gallon of regular motor gasoline has fallen 28% from its 2014 peak of $3.70 per gallon on June 23, to $2.68 per gallon on December 8. However, this price decline may not have much effect on automobile travel, and in turn, gasoline consumption. Gasoline is a relatively inelastic product, meaning changes in prices have little influence on demand.

EIA responds to Nature article on shale gas projections

Dec 15, 2014
EIA has responded to a December 4, 2014 Nature article on projections of shale gas production made by EIA and by the Bureau of Economic Geology of the University of Texas at Austin (BEG/UT) with a letter to the editors of Nature. BEG/UT has also responded to the article in their own letter to the editor.

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Annual Coal Distribution Report 2013

Dec 12, 2014
The Annual Coal Distribution Report (ACDR) provides detailed information on U.S. domestic coal distribution for 2013 excluding waste coal and imports by coal origin state, destination state, mode of transportation, and coal consuming sector. All data for 2013 are final except for the electric power sector, and this report supersedes the data published in all quarterly reports during 2013. Electric power sector data for 2013 are preliminary.

Despite lower crude oil prices, U.S. crude oil production expected to grow in 2015

Dec 12, 2014
The recent decline in crude oil prices has created the potential for weaker crude oil production. EIA's Drilling Productivity Report includes indicators that provide details on the effect low prices may have on tight oil production, which accounts for 56% of total U.S. oil production. Analyzing these indicators and the changes in oil production following the drop in crude oil prices during the 2008-09 recession may offer some insight into possible near-term oil production trends.

Several states are adding or increasing incentives for electric vehicle charging stations

Dec 11, 2014
During the past few years, several models of plug-in electric vehicles, including battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, have been introduced in the light-duty vehicle market. Electric vehicles are limited by driving range, which is related to battery capacity, and can usually travel between 60 and 200 miles before recharging. Therefore, charging infrastructure is crucial to the success of these kinds of vehicles.

Wholesale Market Data

Dec 11, 2014
Wholesale market data for natural gas and electric power are now available and updated through December 9, 2014. Data contain peak prices, volumes, and the number of transactions at eight selected ICE (IntercontinentalExchange) electricity trading hubs and eight corresponding natural gas hubs covering most regions of the United States.

California leads the nation in the adoption of electric vehicles

Dec 10, 2014
In 2013, there were about 70,000 battery electric vehicles and 104,000 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles—small numbers compared to around 226 million registered vehicles in the United States. Total U.S. sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) have increased in recent years, but still represent only about 0.7% of new vehicle sales in 2014 so far, up from 0.6% in 2013 and 0.4% in 2012.

Increased solar and wind electricity generation in California are changing net load shapes

Dec 9, 2014
As more solar and wind electric generating capacity is added in California, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the electric grid operator for most of the state, is facing an increasingly different net load shape. Net load—the total electric demand in the system minus wind and solar generation—represents the demand that CAISO must meet with other, dispatchable sources such as natural gas, hydropower, and imported electricity from outside the system.

Short-Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report

Dec 9, 2014
Both international and domestic crude oil prices moved sharply lower over the previous five weeks. The North Sea Brent front month futures price settled at $82.86/bbl on November 6, a decline of $11.30/bbl from October 1. The front month West Texas Intermediate (WTI) contract price settled at $77.91/bbl on November 6, decreasing by $12.82/bbl since the start of October. November marked the lowest level of Brent prices since September 2010 and the lowest level for WTI prices since October 2011.

Short-Term Energy Outlook

Dec 9, 2014
North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices fell from $95/barrel (bbl) on October 1 to $84/bbl at the end of the month. The causes included weakening outlooks for global economic and oil demand growth, the return to the market of previously disrupted Libyan crude oil production, and continued growth in U.S. tight oil production. Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $87/bbl in October, the first month Brent prices have averaged below $90/bbl since November 2010. EIA projects that Brent crude oil prices will average $83/bbl in 2015, $18/bbl lower than forecast in last month's STEO. There is significant uncertainty over the crude oil price forecast because of the range of potential supply responses from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), particularly Saudi Arabia, and U.S. tight oil producers to the new lower oil price environment.

Drilling Productivity Report

Dec 8, 2014
EIA’s monthly Drilling Productivity Report (DPR) has been released. The DPR takes a fresh look at oil and natural gas production, starting with an assessment of how and where drilling for hydrocarbons is taking place. It uses recent data on the total number of drilling rigs in operation along with estimates of drilling productivity and estimated changes in production from existing oil and natural gas wells to provide estimated changes in oil and natural gas production for seven key fields.

Almost all U.S. nuclear plants require life extension past 60 years to operate beyond 2050

Dec 8, 2014
When nuclear power plants are built, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has the authority to issue initial operating licenses for a period of 40 years. Beyond that, the reactors need license renewals, and the NRC has granted 20-year license renewals to 74 of the 100 operating reactors in the United States. These reactors may now operate for a total period of 60 years. They represent a cumulative capacity of a little more than 69,000 megawatts (MW).

Oman Country Analysis Brief

Dec 5, 2014
Oman is the largest oil and natural gas producer in the Middle East that is not a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and is an important oil exporter, particularly to Asian markets. Accounting for OPEC countries, Oman has the 7th largest proved oil reserves in the Middle East and is the 5th largest dry natural gas producer in the Middle East. Oman’s annual crude oil production peaked in 2000 at 970,000 bbl/d but dropped significantly in 2007 to 710,000 bbl/d before recovering to average 945,000 bbl/d in 2013. The arrest in the decline is attributed to Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) techniques and recent discoveries. Today the country’s hydrocarbon sector accounts for roughly 86% of government revenues. Oman exports roughly 63% (410 Bcf) of the country’s total capacity of natural gas as liquefied natural gas (LNG) via two liquefaction facilities while using the remainder to mainly fuel electricity generation in the country. EOR techniques are slowly cutting down on the need for natural gas to recover tight oil from many of Oman’s exploration blocks.

Fuel Oil and Kerosene Sales

Dec 5, 2014
The report provides information, illustrations, and State-level statistical data on end-use sales of kerosene, distillate fuel oil, and residual fuel oil.

State Energy Data System: Retail Electricity Through 2013

Dec 5, 2014
Annual state-level estimates of retail electricity consumption, prices, and expenditures.

U.S. oil reserves continue rising, surpass 36 billion barrels for first time since 1975

Dec 5, 2014
U.S. crude oil and lease condensate proved reserves rose for the fifth consecutive year in 2013, increasing by 9% over 2012 to 36.5 billion barrels, according to the U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves, 2013 report released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). U.S. crude oil and lease condensate proved reserves surpassed 36 billion barrels for the first time since 1975.

U.S. natural gas reserves increase 10% in 2013 to reach a record 354 Tcf

Dec 4, 2014
U.S. total natural gas proved reserves increased 10% (31 trillion cubic feet (Tcf)) in 2013 and reached a new U.S. record of 354 Tcf, according to newly published data in EIA's U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves, 2013.

U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves

Dec 4, 2014
U.S. crude oil proved reserves increased for the fifth year in a row in 2013, a net addition of 3.1 billion barrels of proved oil reserves (a 9% increase) according to U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves, 2013, released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). U.S. natural gas proved reserves increased 10% in 2013, more than replacing the 7% decline in proved reserves seen in 2012, and raising the U.S. total to a record level of 354 trillion cubic feet (Tcf).

Number of natural gas customers participating in customer choice programs is increasing

Dec 3, 2014
Eligibility and participation in customer choice programs, which allow residential and commercial customers to purchase natural gas from nonregulated energy suppliers, have increased over the past 12 years. The number of eligible customers has more than doubled since 2001, and is nearly 10% higher than it was in 2005. Participation in customer choice programs has also more than doubled, increasing from 3.3 million in 2001 to 7 million in 2013.

32% of natural gas pipeline capacity into the Northeast could be bidirectional by 2017

Dec 2, 2014
Spurred by growing natural gas production in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, the natural gas pipeline industry is planning to modify its systems to allow bidirectional flow in order to flow up to 8.3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) out of the Northeast. As of 2013, the industry had the capacity to transport 25 Bcf/d of natural gas from Canada, the Midwest, and the Southeast into the Northeast.

Petroleum Marketing Monthly

Dec 1, 2014
The December 2014 Petroleum Marketing Monthly (PMM), with data through September 2014, presents monthly and annual price and volume statistics covering crude oil and refined products sales in the United States. Preliminary September data show prices for crude oil and many finished products continued to decrease. U.S.-level Prime Supplier data show gasoline and kerosene-type jet fuel sales falling from August levels, while No. 2 distillate and propane sales increased.

World oil transit chokepoints critical to global energy security

Dec 1, 2014
International energy markets depend on reliable transport routes. About 63% (56.5 million barrels per day) of the world's oil production in 2013 moved on maritime routes. World chokepoints for maritime transit of oil are a critical part of global energy security because of the high volume of petroleum and other liquids transported by these routes.

Natural Gas Monthly

Nov 28, 2014
The November Natural Gas Monthly, with data through September 2014, has been released. • Preliminary dry gas production for September 2014 is 2,154 billion cubic feet (Bcf) or 71.8 Bcf/day. This sets the record for the highest dry production value in Bcf/day for the seventh consecutive month. September's 71.8 Bcf/day is a slight increase from August's revised 71.5 Bcf/day, and a 6.8% increase from last September’s 67.2 Bcf/day. • Preliminary total consumption for September 2014 is 1,834 Bcf or 61.1 Bcf per day, the highest on record for the month, an increase of 3.9% from last September's 1,766 Bcf or 58.9 Bcf/day. • Deliveries to residential consumers for September 2014 are 122 Bcf or 4.1 Bcf/day (a 3% increase from last September); commercial deliveries are 147 Bcf or 4.9 Bcf/day (a 4% increase); industrial deliveries are 592 Bcf or 19.7 Bcf/day (a 3% increase); and electric power deliveries are 769 Bcf or 25.6 Bcf/day (a 3% increase).

Monthly Natural Gas Gross Production Report

Nov 28, 2014
Monthly natural gas gross withdrawals estimated from data collected on Form EIA-914 (Monthly Natural Gas Production Report) for Federal Offshore Gulf of Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, other states and Lower 48 states. Alaska data are from the state of Alaska and included to obtain a U.S. total.

Petroleum Supply Monthly

Nov 26, 2014
Supply and disposition of crude oil and petroleum products on a national and regional level. The data series describe production, imports and exports, movements, and inventories.

Company Level Imports

Nov 26, 2014
Imports data at the company level collected from the EIA-814 Monthly Imports Report.

Working and Net Available Shell Storage Capacity

Nov 26, 2014
Working and Net Available Shell Storage Capacity as of September 30, 2014 is the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) report containing semi-annual storage capacity data. It includes three tables detailing working and net available shell storage capacity by facility type, product, and PAD District as of September 30, 2014.

U.S. gasoline prices this Thanksgiving are the lowest since 2009

Nov 26, 2014
U.S. retail regular-grade gasoline prices continue to decline, averaging $2.82 per gallon (gal) as of November 24. This average is 47 cents lower than a year ago, and the lowest price heading into a Thanksgiving holiday since 2009. Traditionally, the Thanksgiving holiday is one of the most traveled times of the year in the United States, and much of that travel is by car. AAA estimates that during this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 41.3 million people in the United States will travel more than 50 miles from home by car.

Electric Power Monthly

Nov 25, 2014
Data in the November 2014 Electric Power Monthly (EPM ) are for September 2014, during which net generation in the United States fell 0.4 percent from the September 2013 level. Consumption of coal for power generation fell 4.7 percent compared to September 2013. The average retail price of electricity for September 2014 was up 3.5 percent from what it had been in September 2013.

Electricity Monthly Update

Nov 25, 2014
This issue contains data for September 2014 as well as a feature article on how the use of natural gas fired internal combustion engines has increased significantly since 2002.

Hydrocarbon Gas Liquids (HGL): Recent Market Trends and Issues

Nov 25, 2014
New EIA report provides an introduction to HGL, defining key terms, describing and mapping key assets, and supplying 2000—2014 data on important trends, as well as some insight into the short-term outlook. We prepared this report as a reference that supports and explains changes to EIA’s real-time analysis and outlooks, data presentation on EIA’s website, and, ultimately, survey data collection.

Monthly Energy Review

Nov 25, 2014
EIA's most comprehensive report on recent and historical integrated energy statistics. Preliminary data indicate that, in August 2014, U.S. net imports of energy fell from 1.1 quadrillion Btu to 0.9 quadrillion Btu compared with August 2013, a 23-percent decrease.

Shale gas provides largest share of U.S. natural gas production in 2013

Nov 25, 2014
Total U.S. natural gas gross withdrawals reached a new high at 82 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2013, with shale gas wells becoming the largest source of total natural gas production. According to the release of the Natural Gas Annual, gross withdrawals from shale gas wells increased from 5 Bcf/d in 2007 to 33 Bcf/d in 2013, representing 40% of total natural gas production, and surpassing production from nonshale natural gas wells.

Libya Country Analysis Brief

Nov 25, 2014
Libya holds the largest amount of proved crude oil reserves in Africa, the fourth-largest amount of proved natural gas reserves on the continent, and it is an important contributor to the global supply of light, sweet (low sulfur) crude oil, which Libya mostly exports to European markets. In 2013 and 2014, Libya experienced major swings in its crude oil production, falling to its lowest level since the 2011 civil war of 0.2 million barrels per day (bbl/d) at the end of 2013.

Boston, New York City winter natural gas prices expected to remain high

Nov 24, 2014
Despite expectations of a milder winter for 2014, marketers anticipate high prices for natural gas in Boston and New York City. Natural gas prices are expected to be lower than last winter, but higher than the average of previous winters, particularly in Boston

Prime Supplier Report

Nov 21, 2014
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through September 2014 on Form EIA-782C, "Monthly Report of Prime Supplier Sales of Petroleum Products Sold for Local Consumption." These data measure primary petroleum product deliveries into the states where they are locally marketed and consumed.

EIA releases new online tool to track crude oil imports

Nov 21, 2014
EIA's recently released U.S. Crude Oil Import Tracking Tool, designed to analyze crude oil imports in response to growing domestic production, allows users to sort and display imports by month or year, density, country of origin, port of entry, processing company, processing refinery, and more. The tool features graphing and mapping capabilities.

State Energy Profiles: New Data for August and September 2014, an Updated Infrastructure List, and Updated Information on Four States

Nov 20, 2014
New monthly data are available for electricity, petroleum, and natural gas series. The natural gas market hub list has been revised as well. In addition, the Quick Facts and analytical narratives for Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas have been updated, and information about energy on tribal lands has been added to the Oklahoma narrative.

EIA's U.S. Crude Oil Import Tracking Tool: Selected Sample Applications

Nov 20, 2014
Today EIA released a new U.S. Crude Oil Import Tracking Tool that allows policymakers, analysts, and the public to more easily track trends in crude oil imports. Users can sort and display crude oil imports by month or year, by crude type (i.e., light, medium, heavy), country source, port of entry, processing company, processing refinery, and more. The tool features graphing and mapping capabilities and a built-in help function.

Oil and currency markets reflect expectations for lower global economic growth

Nov 20, 2014
Since August, both crude oil and currency markets have been influenced by lower economic growth expectations in countries outside the United States. Prices in both markets recently broke out of established trading ranges, driven by concerns about weaker future global demand. The current situation, with the dollar index and oil prices moving in opposite directions, presents a sharp contrast to one in which crude oil supply disruptions or geopolitical risks would cause both the dollar index and crude prices to rise.

Solar photovoltaic output depends on orientation, tilt, and tracking

Nov 19, 2014
Financial incentives, renewable portfolio standards, cost declines, and improvements in system performance have led to more customer-sited solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, especially in states like California. Because PV panels are able to capture more solar energy when they are pointed directly at the sun, installers may configure systems to optimize output by adjusting the orientation and tilt of a system, or using mechanisms that track the sun as it traverses the sky.

Refinery Outages: Fall 2014

Nov 19, 2014
This report examines refinery outages planned for Fall 2014 and the potential implications for available refinery capacity, petroleum product markets and supply of gasoline and middle distillate fuel oil (diesel, jet fuel, and heating oil). EIA believes that dissemination of such analyses can be beneficial to market participants who may otherwise be unable to access such information.


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