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Electric grid operators forecast load shapes to plan electricity supply

Jul 22, 2016

In the electric power sector, load shapes refer to the varying amounts of electricity required over time. Daily load shapes vary by region, climate, and time (daily, monthly, seasonally). Each day, balancing authorities—the entities charged with balancing electric supply and demand—forecast hourly electricity demand on their system for the next day.

Prime Supplier Report

Jul 22, 2016

The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through May 2016 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.

State Energy Profiles: New monthly data for March and April 2016, renewable energy data, annual data for 2014, and updated analytical narratives and Quick Facts

Jul 22, 2016

New monthly data are available for electricity, petroleum, natural gas, and coal series. The profiles feature an expanded Environment section featuring six new series covering renewable energy capacity, production, and consumption. In addition, analytical narratives and Quick Facts have been updated for Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Financial Review: First-quarter 2016

Jul 22, 2016

This analysis focuses on the financial and operating trends of 98 global oil and natural gas companies (called the energy companies).

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Solar Photovoltaic Cell/Module Shipments Report

Jul 21, 2016
This report contains summary data for the photovoltaic industry in the United States. Data including manufacturing, imports, and exports of modules in the United States and its territories. Summary data include volumes in peak kilowatts and average prices. Where possible, imports and exports are listed by country, and shipments to the United States are listed by state.

Changing U.S. energy mix reflects growing use of natural gas, petroleum, and renewables

Jul 21, 2016
Primary energy consumption fell slightly in 2015 as a decline in coal use exceeded increases in natural gas, petroleum, and renewables use. In most cases, changes between 2014 and 2015 reflect longer-term trends in energy use.

Wholesale Electricity and Natural Gas Market Data

Jul 21, 2016
Wholesale market data for natural gas and electric power are now available and updated through July 19, 2016. 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.

U.S. electric system is made up of interconnections and balancing authorities

Jul 20, 2016
Electricity generated at power plants moves through a complex network of electricity substations, power lines, and distribution transformers before it reaches customers. In the United States, the power system consists of more than 7,300 power plants, nearly 160,000 miles of high-voltage power lines, and millions of low-voltage power lines and distribution transformers, which connect 145 million customers.

India continues developing its strategic petroleum reserve as its oil imports grow

Jul 19, 2016
In response to India's increasing reliance on petroleum imports, India plans to bring online the country's first strategic petroleum reserve (SPR). The first phase of India's SPR includes three locations (Visakhapatnam, Mangalore, and Padur) in southern India with a combined capacity of 39.1 million barrels of crude oil. The Visakhapatnam facility on the eastern coast began filling its underground caverns last summer. The Mangalore and Padur facilities are expected to be completed in late 2016, according to FACTS Global Energy.

Drilling Productivity Report

Jul 18, 2016
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.

U.S. oil companies closer to balancing capital investment with operating cash flow

Jul 18, 2016
Although the crude oil price decline since 2014 has led to significant reductions in operating cash flow for U.S. oil companies, their immediate financial situations are improving. As oil companies' spending falls and crude oil prices increase, the need for oil companies to find external sources of funding may decline, which could reduce financial strain in the coming quarters.

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Several nonpowered dams along the Ohio River to be converted to hydroelectric dams in 2016

Jul 15, 2016
In 2016, nearly 300 megawatts (MW) of electricity generating capacity is expected to come online from dams that did not previously have electric generating units, commonly referred to as nonpowered dams (NPDs). NPD capacity additions make up 92% of the 320 MW of planned hydroelectric capacity for 2016.

Natural gas-fired electricity generation expected to reach record level in 2016

Jul 14, 2016
Natural gas-fired electricity generation in the United States is expected to reach a record level this year, providing an average of 3.8 million megawatthours per day in 2016, or 4% higher than in 2015. Based on EIA's latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), monthly natural gas-fired generation is expected to reach record highs in July and August, when weather-related demand for air conditioning increases electricity demand.

Retail price of regular gasoline forecast to average $2.25 per gallon this summer

Jul 13, 2016
In the July edition of the Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA forecasts that the U.S. retail price for regular gasoline will average $2.25 per gallon (gal) this summer (March through September). The forecast price for this summer is lower than the 2015 summer average of $2.63/gal, but higher than the forecast from the April 2016 Short-Term Energy and Summer Fuels Outlook. The change in the forecast since April is largely attributable to increases in crude oil prices.

Short-Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report

Jul 12, 2016
Despite some price volatility in June and early July, crude oil prices remained in a narrow trading range near recent highs. The front-month Brent crude oil price decreased $3.32 per barrel (b) since June 1, settling at $46.40/b on July 7. The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil price settled at $45.14/b, declining $3.87/b over the same time.

Short-Term Energy Outlook

Jul 12, 2016
U.S. regular gasoline retail prices this summer are forecast to average $2.25/gallon (gal), 2 cents/gal lower than forecast in last month's STEO and 39 cents/gal lower than last summer, measured as April through September. U.S. regular gasoline retail prices are forecast to average $2.12/gal in 2016 and $2.28/gal in 2017.

Global energy intensity continues to decline

Jul 12, 2016
Worldwide energy intensity, measured as energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product (GDP), decreased by nearly one-third between 1990 and 2015.

EIA projects rise in U.S. crude oil and other liquid fuels production beyond 2017

Jul 11, 2016
The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that U.S. petroleum and other liquid fuels production, which in addition to crude oil and condensate production includes natural gas plant liquids derived from natural gas processing as well as biofuels and volume gain at refineries, is projected to grow from 14.8 million barrels/day (b/d) in 2015 to 18.6 million b/d in 2040 in its Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016) Reference case.

Clean Power Plan reduces projected coal production in all major U.S. supply regions

Jul 8, 2016
U.S. coal production is projected to decline by about 26%, or 230 million tons, between 2015 and 2040 in EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016) Reference case, which assumes the implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). In a scenario that assumes the CPP is never implemented (No CPP case), U.S. coal production remains close to 2015 levels through 2040.

EIA electricity generator data show power industry response to EPA mercury limits

Jul 7, 2016
EIA recently released preliminary data from its annual survey of electric generators (EIA-860), which provides information on pollution control equipment at electric power plants. A significant amount of such equipment was recently installed in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS).

Steel industry energy consumption: Sensitivity to technology choice, fuel prices, and carbon prices

Jul 7, 2016
Steel industry energy consumption in 2010 totaled 1,158 trillion British thermal units (Btu), representing 8% of total manufacturing energy consumption. Energy consumption in the steel industry is largely for crude steel production using basic oxygen furnace (BOF) and electric arc furnace (EAF) technologies. Overall energy intensity in EAF, used primarily to melt scrap steel, is significantly lower than in BOF which is used to create virgin steel from iron ore. Over the past two decades, a shift from BOF to EAF has contributed to a substantial reduction in the energy intensity of the U.S. steel industry. From 1991 to 2010, the EAF share of total U.S. steel production in physical units increased from 38% to 61%, and the overall energy intensity of crude steel production in Btu per metric ton decreased by 37%.

Clean Power Plan implementation choices by states could affect electricity generation mix

Jul 6, 2016
In designing the Clean Power Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided states with implementation flexibility. Given the options available to states, EIA has produced several scenarios as part of an Issues in Focus analysis in the Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016). Differences in emissions target types, emissions trading markets, and policy timelines have implications for electric capacity and generation in the United States.

Hydrocarbon gas liquids production and related industrial development

Jul 6, 2016
Hydrocarbon gas liquids (HGL) are produced at refineries from crude oil and at natural gas processing plants from unprocessed natural gas. From 2010 to 2015, total HGL production increased by 42%. Natural gas processing plants accounted for all the increase, with recovered natural gas plant liquids (NGPL)—light hydrocarbon gases such as propane—rising by 58%, from 2.07 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2010 to 3.27 million b/d in 2015, while refinery output of HGL declined by 7%. The rapid increase in NGPL output was the result of rapid growth in natural gas production, as production shifted to tight gas and shale gas resources, and as producers targeted formations likely to yield natural gas with high liquids content. Annual Energy Outlook 2016 results suggest varying rates of future NGPL production growth, depending on relative crude oil and natural gas prices.

Mexico electricity market reforms attempt to reduce costs and develop new capacity

Jul 5, 2016
Mexico is in the process of reforming much of its electricity industry. Earlier in 2016, Mexico opened up day-ahead and real-time trading in a new wholesale power market. Although wholesale prices briefly spiked for a handful of hours, average prices in most locations during the market's first six months of operation have ranged from 880 to 1,100 pesos per megawatthour (MWh), or about $48/MWh to $60/MWh.

Fossil fuels still dominate U.S. energy consumption despite recent market share decline

Jul 1, 2016
Three fossil fuels—petroleum, natural gas, and coal—have provided more than 80% of total U.S. energy consumption for more than 100 years. In 2015, fossil fuels made up 81.5% of total U.S. energy consumption, the lowest fossil fuel share in the past century. In EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2016 Reference case projections, which reflect current laws and policies, that percentage declines to 76.6% by 2040. Policy changes or technology breakthroughs that go beyond the trend improvements included in the Reference case could significantly change that projection.

Petroleum Marketing Monthly

Jul 1, 2016
The July 2016 Petroleum Marketing Monthly (PMM), with data through April 2016, presents monthly and annual price and volume statistics covering crude oil and refined products sales in the United States. In this month’s issue, preliminary monthly data show prices for crude oil and finished petroleum products continued to rise during April. Prime Supplier data show sales of gasoline increased month-on-month and remained above the year-ago level.

Petroleum Supply Monthly

Jul 1, 2016
Petroleum Supply Monthly (PSM) data for April 2016 released by EIA on Thursday, June 30, 2016 were missing data for stock changes, product supplied, and certain balancing quantities reported as adjustments in petroleum and biofuel supply and disposition tables. In addition, a table of oxygenate production in Petroleum Navigator was not updated with data for April 2016. PSM data released today (Friday, July 1, 2016) include the data that were missing from the release on June 30 and the table of oxygenate production was updated to include data for April 2016.

Company Level Imports

Jun 30, 2016
Imports data at the company level collected from the EIA-814 Monthly Imports Report.

Monthly Biodiesel Production Report

Jun 30, 2016
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released new data today showing national and regional monthly biodiesel production for April 2016. In addition to biodiesel production, data included producer sales, producer stocks, and feedstock inputs.

Natural Gas Monthly

Jun 30, 2016
• Dry natural gas production in April was lower than production in April 2015, the first year-to-year decrease for the month of April since 2006. Preliminary dry natural gas production for April 2016 was 2,212 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or 73.7 Bcf/day. This level was a 0.6 Bcf/day (0.8%) decrease from the April 2015 level of 74.3 Bcf/day. • Preliminary dry natural gas consumption for April 2016 was 2,111 Bcf, or 70.4 Bcf/day. This level was an increase of 3.9%, or 2.6 Bcf/day, from the 2,032 Bcf consumed in April 2015. • Year-over-year total consumption of dry natural gas in April increased in three of the four consuming sectors, with the exception being commercial deliveries, which decreased year-to-year. Deliveries of natural gas by consuming sector in April 2016 were as follows: o Residential deliveries were 330 Bcf, or 11.0 Bcf/day, up 1.9% from 10.8 Bcf/day in April 2015. o Commercial deliveries were 234 Bcf, or 7.80 Bcf/day, down 0.4% from 7.83 Bcf/day in April 2015. o Industrial deliveries were 622 Bcf, or 20.7 Bcf/day, up 2.3% from 20.3 Bcf/day in April 2015. o Electric power deliveries were 726 Bcf, or 24.2 Bcf/day, up 8.7% from 22.3 Bcf/day in April 2015.

Expanded Panama Canal reduces travel time for shipments of U.S. LNG to Asian markets

Jun 30, 2016
The newly expanded Panama Canal will be able to accommodate 90% of the world's current liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers with LNG-carrying capacity up to 3.9 billion cubic feet (Bcf). Prior to the expansion, only 30 of the smallest LNG tankers (6% of the current global fleet) with capacities up to 0.7 Bcf could transit the Canal. The expansion has significant implications for LNG trade, reducing travel time and transportation costs for LNG shipments from the U.S. Gulf Coast to key markets in Asia and providing additional access to previously regionalized LNG markets.

Petroleum Supply Monthly

Jun 30, 2016
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.

U.S. Movements of Crude Oil By Rail

Jun 30, 2016
Monthly data on rail movements of crude oil have been updated for April 2016. Crude oil movements by rail have significantly increased over the past five years. The new data on crude-by-rail (CBR) movements are also fully integrated with EIA’s existing monthly petroleum supply statistics, which already include crude oil movements by pipeline, tanker, and barge.

Monthly Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production

Jun 30, 2016
These monthly production estimates are based on data from the EIA-914, Monthly Crude Oil, Lease Condensate, and Natural Gas Production Report.

U.S. Fuel Ethanol Plant Production Capacity

Jun 29, 2016
This is the sixth release of the U.S. Energy Information Administration data on fuel ethanol production capacity. EIA first reported fuel ethanol production capacity for January 2011 on November 29, 2011. This new report contains production capacity data for all operating U.S. fuel ethanol production plants as of January 1, 2016.

Stripper wells accounted for 10% of U.S. oil production in 2015

Jun 29, 2016
Stripper wells, or wells that produce small volumes, represent an important but decreasing share of total U.S. oil and natural gas production. These wells are characterized as producing no more than 15 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) over a 12-month period. EIA estimates that there were about 380,000 stripper oil wells (so called because they are stripping the remaining oil out of the ground) in the United States operating at the end of 2015, compared to about 90,000 nonstripper oil wells.

State Energy Data System: Complete Set of State-Level Estimates Through 2014

Jun 29, 2016
Annual state-level estimates of energy production, consumption, prices, and expenditures by energy source and sector through 2014.

Colombia Country Analysis Brief

Jun 29, 2016
Colombia experienced a dramatic rise in energy production since the implementation of regulatory reforms in 2003; however, crude oil prices have declined since 2014, which has stymied production growth.

Extended policies case shows reduced energy use, emissions, more renewables, efficiency

Jun 28, 2016
Tax credits and efficiency standards for appliances and vehicles have been key drivers for increasing renewable energy use and energy efficiency in the United States. Extending these policies and increasing the stringency of the Clean Power Plan beyond 2030 would reduce energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by reducing motor fuel use and energy use in buildings by increasing efficiency and by increasing the share of solar and wind in the electricity generation mix.

Monthly Energy Review

Jun 27, 2016
EIA's most comprehensive report on recent integrated energy statistics. Preliminary estimates indicate that in March 2016, U.S. residential energy consumption totaled 1.6 quadrillion Btu, an 18% decrease from the total of 2.0 quadrillion Btu in March 2015.

Proposed standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles would reduce diesel consumption

Jun 27, 2016
Proposed fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards would increase fuel economy and reduce diesel consumption in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The first phase of medium- and heavy-duty vehicle standards was recently implemented, starting with model year 2014. The proposed Phase 2 standards would take effect in model year 2021 for most medium- and heavy-duty vehicle classes and increase in stringency through model year 2027.

Extended Policies case

Jun 27, 2016
This report, the third of five Issues in Focus articles from Annual Energy Outlook 2016, discusses the results of the Extended Policies case which includes selected policies that go beyond current laws and regulations. In the Extended Policies case, existing tax credits that have scheduled reductions and sunset dates are assumed to remain unchanged through 2040. Other efficiency policies, including corporate average fuel economy standards, appliance standards, and building codes, are expanded beyond current provisions; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Power Plan regulations that reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electric power generation are tightened after 2030.

Azerbaijan Country Analysis Brief

Jun 24, 2016
Azerbaijan is one of the world’s oldest oil producers, and oil and natural gas production and exports are central to Azerbaijan's economy. Azerbaijan’s oil production has been relatively stable over the last few years, but oil revenues declined about 40% from 2014 to 2015 due to lower oil prices. Natural gas production and exports will increase significantly in the coming years as the Stage 2 development of the Shah Deniz natural gas and condensate field will more than double Azerbaijan’s natural gas exports by the end of the decade.

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auction prices decline

Jun 24, 2016
Prices of carbon dioxide (CO2) emission allowances in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) have fallen for the second auction in a row, to $4.53 per metric ton (mt) of CO2. The auction prices on June 1 were 40% below their previous peak value of $7.50/mtCO2, reached on December 2, 2015.

Electricity Monthly Update

Jun 24, 2016
This issue contains data for April 2016 as well as a feature article on how total output of U.S. electric generators fueled by natural gas over a 12-month period surpassed those fueled by coal for the first time in January 2016.

Electric Power Monthly

Jun 24, 2016
Data in the June 2016 Electric Power Monthly (EPM ) are for April 2016, during which net generation in the United States fell 0.3 percent from the April 2015 level. Consumption of coal for power generation fell 19.0 percent compared to April 2015. The average retail price of electricity for April 2016 was down 2.1 percent from what it had been in April 2015.

Fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions Phase 2 standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles

Jun 23, 2016
This report, the second of five Issues in Focus articles from the Annual Energy Outlook 2016, analyzes possible impacts of proposed standards for GHG emissions and fuel consumption by medium- and heavy-duty trucks jointly issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in July 2015. The proposed standards build on the Phase 1 GHG emissions standards for medium-duty vehicles and heavy-duty vehicles that were implemented starting in model year 2014.

Panama Canal expansion unlikely to significantly change crude oil, petroleum product flows

Jun 23, 2016
On June 26, the Panama Canal Authority, the body that operates the Panama Canal, will inaugurate a third set of locks, which will allow for the transit of larger ships. This is the first such expansion since the canal was completed in 1914.


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