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Germany’s renewables electricity generation grows in 2015, but coal still dominant

May 24, 2016

Renewable electricity generation in Germany increased to 194 billion kilowatthours (kWh) in 2015, representing 31% of the country's gross electricity generation. The renewables electricity growth in 2015 was the largest in both percentage and absolute terms (19% and 32 billion kWh, respectively) in at least a decade.

2015 Uranium Marketing Annual Report

May 24, 2016

Statistical data update for 2015 of uranium marketing activities in the United States.

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United States remains largest producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons

May 23, 2016
The United States remained the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2015, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates. U.S. petroleum and natural gas production first surpassed Russia in 2012, and the United States has been the world's top producer of natural gas since 2011 and the world's top producer of petroleum hydrocarbons since 2013.

Prime Supplier Report

May 23, 2016
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through March 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.

Hydropower conditions improve as West Coast drought eases

May 20, 2016
The western United States, particularly California, has experienced drought over the past several years, but there are now signs of improvement. Since June 2013, most of California has been in a severe, extreme, or exceptional drought, the worst three drought designations as determined by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Many natural gas-fired power plants under construction are near major shale plays

May 19, 2016
Natural gas-fired power generation increased 19% in 2015, because of low natural gas prices, increased gas-fired generation capacity, and coal power plant retirements. EIA's May 2016 Short-Term Energy Outlook forecasts that this year, natural gas-fired generation will exceed coal generation in the United States on an annual basis.

State Energy Profiles: New data for February and March 2016, new annual data, and updated analytical narratives and Quick Facts

May 19, 2016
New monthly data are available for electricity, petroleum, and coal series. The Profiles also feature new annual data on coal, alternative-fuel vehicles, and energy infrastructure. In addition, analytical narratives and Quick Facts have been updated for Alabama, American Samoa, Guam, Mississippi, the Northern Mariana Islands, Tennessee, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Angola Country Analysis Brief

May 18, 2016
Angola is the second-largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa. The country experienced an oil production boom between 2002 and 2008 when production started at several deepwater fields.

Future power sector carbon dioxide emissions depend on status of Clean Power Plan

May 18, 2016
Trends in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from electricity generation through 2040 depend significantly on whether or not the Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule issued last August by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is implemented. Analysis in EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016) examines what the CPP could mean for the fuels used to generate electricity, especially coal.

2012 CBECS consumption and expenditures, detailed tables, and public use microdata

May 17, 2016
With this release, the CBECS consumption and expenditures data is complete. The 2012 CBECS consumption and expenditures detailed tables are comprised of Tables C1-C38, which cover overall electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and district heat consumption, and tables E1-E11, which disaggregate the same energy sources by end use (heating, cooling, lighting, etc.). All of the detailed tables contain extensive row categories of building characteristics.

AEO2016 Early Release: Summary of Two Cases

May 17, 2016
This release is an annotated PowerPoint summary and the data for two cases from the Annual Energy Outlook 2016. The cases released today are the Reference case, which includes one possible implementation of the final Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency, and a No-CPP case, which assumes that the CPP rule is not implemented. Both cases show substantially more growth in electricity generation from wind and solar energy than EIA's previous projections. Wind and solar capacity additions are particularly robust through the early 2020s, reflecting the extensions of tax credits for these technologies enacted in December and lower estimates of their capital costs than in previous projections. In the Reference case, CPP implementation plays a significant role in the deployment of solar power through the end of the projection period and in an expanded role for natural gas-fired generation.

EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook is a projection, not a prediction

May 17, 2016
The U.S. Energy Information Administration provides a long-term outlook for energy supply, demand, and prices in its Annual Energy Outlook (AEO). This outlook is centered on the Reference case, which is not a prediction of what will happen, but rather a modeled projection of what might happen given certain assumptions and methodologies. Today, EIA released an annotated summary of the AEO2016 Reference Case—which includes the Clean Power Plan—and a side case without the Clean Power Plan.

Drilling Productivity Report

May 16, 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.

Projected growth in CO2 emissions driven by countries outside the OECD

May 16, 2016
Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are projected to increase by one-third between 2012 and 2040 in EIA's International Energy Outlook 2016 (IEO2016) Reference case, largely driven by increased energy use in countries outside of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The continuing increase in total emissions occurs despite a moderate decrease in the carbon intensity (CO2 per unit of energy) of the global energy supply.

Financial Review: Annual 2015

May 13, 2016
This analysis focuses on the financial and operating trends of 77 global oil and natural gas companies (called the energy companies).

Carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation in 2015 were lowest since 1993

May 13, 2016
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from electricity generation totaled 1,925 million metric tons in 2015, the lowest since 1993 and 21% below their 2005 level. A shift on the electricity generation mix, with generation from natural gas and renewables displacing coal-fired power, drove the reductions in emissions.

State Energy Data System: Noncombustible Renewable Energy for 2014

May 13, 2016
Annual state-level consumption estimates for hydroelectric power, as well as wind, solar, and geothermal energy.

EIA projects 48% increase in world energy consumption by 2040

May 12, 2016
EIA's recently released International Energy Outlook 2016 projects that world energy consumption will grow by 48% between 2012 and 2040. Most of this growth will come from non-OECD countries, including countries where demand is driven by strong economic growth, particularly in Asia. Non-OECD Asia, including China and India, accounts for more than half of the world's total increase in energy consumption over the projection period.

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Data

May 12, 2016
EIA releases annual data for 2014 about alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) supply and fuel use and number of vehicles for four types of vehicle fleets: federal government, state government, transit agencies, and fuel providers.

Wholesale Electricity and Natural Gas Market Data

May 12, 2016
Wholesale market data for natural gas and electric power are now available and updated through May 10, 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.

International Energy Outlook 2016

May 11, 2016
Projections of world energy supply and demand through 2040.

Annual passenger travel tends to increase with wealth

May 11, 2016
Global passenger travel by light-duty vehicles, bus, rail, and two- and three-wheeled vehicles reached nearly 24 trillion passenger miles in 2012 (the most recent year with detailed international travel statistics). In 2012, the average person traveled 3,300 miles annually, with wide differences across countries that are generally related to differences in per-capita income.

Short-Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report

May 10, 2016
Crude oil prices continued upward and reached the highest levels of the year. The North Sea Brent front-month futures price rose $6.34 per barrel (b) from April 1 to settle at $45.01/b on May 5 (Figure 1). The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) front-month futures price rose $7.53/b and settled at $44.32/b over the same period.

Short-Term Energy Outlook

May 10, 2016
North Sea Brent crude oil prices averaged $42/barrel (b) in April, a $3/b increase from March. Improving economic data, growing supply disruptions, and falling U.S. crude oil production and rig counts contributed to the price increase.

Crude oil volatility decreases as prices rise from early 2016 levels

May 10, 2016
During the first three months of 2016, crude oil prices were relatively more volatile than in recent history. This elevated volatility occurred when overall oil prices were low, and volatility was driven by high uncertainty related to supply, demand, and inventories. Crude oil price volatility has declined since its peak in March. Prices have risen as concerns about future economic growth have abated and as inventory growth has slowed since the start of the year.

U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2015 are 12% below their 2005 levels

May 9, 2016
After increasing in 2013 and in 2014, energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fell in 2015. In 2015, U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were 12% below the 2005 levels, mostly because of changes in the electric power sector.

Recent U.S. imports of oil tend to be heavier than domestic production

May 6, 2016
In 2015, more than 70% of the crude oil produced in the Lower 48 states was light oil with an API gravity above 35 degrees. At the same time, 90% of imported crude oil was heavier, with a gravity below 35 degrees API. To accommodate increasing U.S. production of light crude oil, refineries have adjusted their imports by reducing imports of light crudes.

Nigeria Country Analysis Brief

May 6, 2016
Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa and is among the world’s top five largest exporters of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Supply disruptions, typically caused by pipeline sabotage from thieves siphoning crude oil and condensate, are common in Nigeria’s oil and natural gas industries. Pipeline sabotage and oil supply disruptions have increased in 2016, leading to a decline in Nigeria’s crude oil production. Because Nigeria heavily depends on oil revenue, its economy is noticeably affected by changes to its oil production and/or to global crude oil prices. The IMF projects that Nigeria’s oil and natural gas exports earned $52 billion in 2015, $35 billion less than in 2014, which is mostly attributed to the fall in oil prices that began in mid-2014.

Domestic Uranium Production Report – Quarterly

May 5, 2016
First quarter 2016 update of uranium production in the United States and operating status of U.S. uranium mills and plants.

Hydraulically fractured wells provide two-thirds of U.S. natural gas production

May 5, 2016
For decades, hydraulic fracturing had been referred to as an unconventional completion technique, but over the past 10 years it has become the technique by which most natural gas is produced in the United States. Based on the most recent available data from states, EIA estimates that natural gas production from hydraulically fractured wells now makes up about two-thirds of total U.S. marketed gas production. This is an even greater share of production as compared to crude oil, where hydraulic fracturing accounts for about half of current U.S. crude oil production.

2015 Domestic Uranium Production Report

May 5, 2016
Statistical data update for 2015 on drilling, mining, production, shipments, sales, facilities, employment, expenditures, and reserve estimates in the U.S. uranium production industry.

Almost all U.S. gasoline is blended with 10% ethanol

May 4, 2016
Blends of petroleum-based gasoline with 10% ethanol, commonly referred to as E10, account for more than 95% of the fuel consumed in motor vehicles with gasoline engines. Ethanol-blended fuels are one pathway to compliance with elements of the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS). The total volume of ethanol blended into motor fuels used in the United States has continued to increase since 2010, albeit at a declining rate of growth. Meanwhile, the use of ethanol-free gasoline (E0) by fuel consumers has declined.

Declining energy prices lower the cost of living

May 3, 2016
Since June 2014, decreases in crude oil and natural gas prices have reduced household energy costs. According to initial figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the chained consumer price index for urban consumers (C-CPI-U) decreased by 1.2% from June 2014 to February 2016. Lower energy prices had a significant impact on this decrease in spite of increases in the food and shelter components of the overall index, which represent larger shares of household expenses. The overall index edged up 0.6% in March as real crude oil prices rose 18.1%, while natural gas prices continued to decline.

Petroleum Marketing Monthly

May 2, 2016
The May 2016 Petroleum Marketing Monthly (PMM), with data through February 2016, presents monthly and annual price and volume statistics covering crude oil and refined products sales in the United States. In this edition of the PMM, preliminary monthly data show prices for crude oil and finished petroleum products continued to fall in February, while Prime Supplier data show sales of gasoline and No. 2 distillates increased from January levels.

EIA produces new maps of the Utica Shale play

May 2, 2016
The U.S. Energy Information Administration has produced new maps that show the structure, thickness, and geologic setting of the Utica Shale play and the location of production wells. Production of oil and natural gas from the Utica play has increased since 2011, with more than 1,700 wells drilled as of January 2016. The Utica play includes both the Utica formation and the deeper Point Pleasant formation, each with its own characteristics.

Monthly Biodiesel Production Report

Apr 29, 2016
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released new data today showing national and regional monthly biodiesel production for February 2016. In addition to biodiesel production, data included producer sales, producer stocks, and feedstock inputs.

Petroleum Supply Monthly

Apr 29, 2016
Supply and disposition of crude oil and petroleum products on a national and regional level. New historical data for rail movements of biodiesel and ethanol between Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts (PADDs) were made available today with release of Petroleum Supply Monthly (PSM) data for February 2016.

U.S. Movements of Crude Oil By Rail

Apr 29, 2016
Monthly data on rail movements of crude oil have been updated for February 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.

Company Level Imports

Apr 29, 2016
Imports data at the company level collected from the EIA-814 Monthly Imports Report.

State Energy Data System: Wood and Biomass Waste for 2014

Apr 29, 2016
Annual state-level estimates of consumption, prices, and expenditures for wood and biomass waste.

Natural Gas Monthly

Apr 29, 2016
• In February, for the third straight year, dry natural gas production was the highest for the month since EIA began reporting dry natural gas production data in 1973. Preliminary dry natural gas production for February 2016 was 2,183 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or 75.3 Bcf/day. This level was a 1.7 Bcf/day (2.3%) increase from February 2015 production of 73.6 Bcf/day. • Preliminary dry natural gas consumption for February 2016 was 2,703 Bcf, or 93.2 Bcf/day. This level was a decrease of 11.6% from 2,952 Bcf in February 2015, or 12.2 Bcf/day. • Year-over-year total consumption of dry natural gas in February decreased in three of the four consuming sectors, with the exception being electric power deliveries, which increased year to year. Deliveries of natural gas by consuming sector in February 2016 were as follows: o Residential deliveries were 707 Bcf, or 24.4 Bcf/day, down 24.5% from 32.3 Bcf/day in February 2015. o Commercial deliveries were 421 Bcf, or 14.5 Bcf/day, down 21.8% from 18.6 Bcf/day in February 2015. o Industrial deliveries were 668 Bcf, or 23.0 Bcf/day, down 2.6% from 23.6 Bcf/day in February 2015. o Electric power deliveries were 692 Bcf, or 23.9 Bcf/day, up 2.6% from 23.3 Bcf/day in February 2015.

Monthly Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production

Apr 29, 2016
These monthly production estimates are based on data from the EIA-914, Monthly Crude Oil, Lease Condensate, and Natural Gas Production Report.

Natural gas net imports in 2015 at lowest level since 1986

Apr 29, 2016
U.S natural gas net imports fell to 2.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2015, continuing a decline that began in 2007, when net imports of natural gas exceeded 10 Bcf/d. While both U.S. natural gas consumption and production have increased in recent years, natural gas production has grown slightly faster, resulting in a decline in net imports. Increasing domestic production of natural gas has reduced U.S. reliance on imported natural gas and kept U.S. natural gas prices relatively low.

Iraq Country Analysis Brief

Apr 28, 2016
Iraq is OPEC’s second-largest crude oil producer and holds the fifth-largest proved crude oil reserves in the world. In 2015, Iraq’s production increased by almost 700,000 b/d compared with the production level in 2014, representing the largest year-over-year increase since Iraq’s production recovery in 2004, following the start of the Iraq war.

Power sector coal demand has fallen in nearly every state since 2007

Apr 28, 2016
Consumption of steam coal used for electricity generation in the U.S. electric power sector fell 29% from its peak of 1,045 million short tons (MMst) in 2007 to an estimated 739 MMst in 2015. Consumption fell in nearly every state, rising only in Nebraska and Alaska over that period. States with the largest declines were concentrated in the Midwest and Southeast, with six states in these regions accounting for nearly half of the national decline. Smaller declines in power sector coal consumption occurred in Wyoming, North Dakota, and Montana, all in the Rocky Mountain region.

Electricity Monthly Update

Apr 28, 2016
This issue contains data for February 2016 as well as a feature article on how non-powered dams represent a significant source of additional hydroelectric capacity.

Electric Power Monthly

Apr 28, 2016
Data in the April 2016 Electric Power Monthly are for February 2016, during which net generation in the United States fell 6.4 percent from the February 2015 level. Consumption of coal for power generation fell 24.5 percent compared to February 2015. The average retail price of electricity for February 2016 was down 3.8 percent from what it had been in February 2015.

Logistical challenges result in ship-to-ship transfers of U.S. propane exports

Apr 27, 2016
U.S. propane exports have increased significantly over the past three years, but only after market participants worked to overcome several challenges in transporting propane to export customers. After largely overcoming the first challenge of building sufficient export capacity, the next challenge involves economically transporting large quantities of propane over long distances. The current, although likely temporary, solution has resulted in import and export data abnormalities affecting U.S. propane exports to Asian countries.

Monthly Energy Review

Apr 26, 2016
EIA's most comprehensive report on recent and historical integrated energy statistics. Preliminary data indicate that, in January 2016, U.S. net imports of energy equaled 1.0 quadrillion Btu, a 7% increase from January 2015.

Canada expects lower natural gas exports to U.S., higher LNG exports to other countries

Apr 26, 2016
In its recent publication Canada's Energy Future (CEF), Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) projects that both Canada's natural gas production and its domestic natural gas consumption will increase through the next decade. With exports of natural gas by pipeline to the United States expected to continue declining, the planned construction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals on Canada's western coast, which would send LNG exports to Asian markets by 2019, plays a key role in maintaining Canada's overall natural gas exports close to their current level.

Strong El Niño helps reduce U.S. winter heating demand and fuel prices

Apr 25, 2016
Above-normal temperatures during the 2015-16 winter were a key factor in lowering heating demand and winter fuel expenditures. Compared with the 2014-15 winter, propane and heating oil demand decreased 16% and 45%, respectively, and residential electricity demand decreased by 6%. The 2015-16 winter season (October to March) was 15% warmer than last winter, driven in part by one of the strongest El Niño events in decades.

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