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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.

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

Jun 23, 2016
This report, the second of six 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.

Wholesale Electricity and Natural Gas Market Data

Jun 23, 2016
Wholesale market data for natural gas and electric power are now available and updated through June 21, 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.

Refinery Capacity Report

Jun 22, 2016
Data series include fuel, electricity, and steam purchased for consumption at the refinery; refinery receipts of crude oil by method of transportation; and current and projected atmospheric crude oil distillation, downstream charge, and production capacities. Respondents are operators of all operating and idle petroleum refineries (including new refineries under construction) and refineries shut down during the previous year, located in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and other U.S. possessions.

U.S. crude oil storage capacity utilization rises even as storage capacity grows

Jun 22, 2016
Weekly U.S. commercial crude oil inventories have increased by more than 71 million barrels (15%) since the end of September, pushing crude oil storage capacity utilization to a near record high of 73% for the week ending June 10.

Prime Supplier Report

Jun 21, 2016
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through April 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.

Clean Power Plan implementation decisions affect CO2 emissions and electricity prices

Jun 21, 2016
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) regulates carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at existing fossil-fueled electric power plants, but the ultimate energy-related emissions effect depends to an important extent on how the rule will be implemented by states. Because the CPP provides the flexibility to choose different compliance options for reducing CO2 emissions, EIA has produced an Issues in Focus analysis that considers several compliance paths

Effects of the Clean Power Plan

Jun 20, 2016
This report, the first of six Issue in Focus articles from the Annual Energy Outlook 2016, analyzes possible impacts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). Cases analyzed include alternative approaches to implementation of the CPP and the impact of extension of the program beyond 2030. Results include effects on CO2 emissions, electricity capacity expansion and retirements, generation fuel mix, electricity prices, and regional impacts.

EIA launches data add-on tool for Google Sheets

Jun 20, 2016
The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released a free data add-on for Google Sheets. Similar to EIA's Microsoft Excel extension, the new Sheets add-on allows users to browse EIA's energy API data categories or search keywords to find domestic and international energy data for the production, consumption, and price of different fuels, as well as EIA's short-term forecasts and long-term projections. EIA currently has 1.2 million data series available through the Application Programming Interface (API), developed as part of EIA's Open Data policy.

2015 Energy Flows

Jun 20, 2016
Energy flow diagrams for 2015 for total energy, petroleum, natural gas, coal, and electricity. The diagrams show U.S. production and consumption of energy by source.

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Early release 2015 annual EIA-860 data

Jun 17, 2016
Early release of data on individual electric plants and generators for calendar year 2015 from the form EIA-860. The data have not been fully edited and should not be used to calculate state or national totals. Data for some plants and generators are not included pending further review and validation. Final data will be released later in 2016.

Clean Power Plan accelerates the growth of renewable generation throughout United States

Jun 17, 2016
EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016) Reference case projects that natural gas-fired electricity generation will exceed coal-fired electricity generation by 2022, while generation from renewables—driven by wind and solar—will overtake coal-fired generation by 2029. The shift away from coal-fired generation to a combination of higher natural gas-fired and renewables generation and greater energy efficiency is expected to be accelerated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan (CPP).

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

Jun 16, 2016
New monthly data are available for electricity, petroleum, natural gas, and coal series. New annual data are available for 10 series covering consumption and expenditures. In addition, analytical narratives and Quick Facts have been updated for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The 2016 EIA Energy Conference and job fair is next month

Jun 16, 2016
The U.S. Energy Information Administration will hold its 2016 Energy Conference on July 11 and 12 in Washington, DC. This two-day event provides the opportunity to meet and network with energy analysts, decision makers, and EIA staff. This year's conference also includes an EIA job fair.

Total U.S. electricity sales projected to grow slowly as electricity intensity declines

Jun 15, 2016
Electricity sales, as projected in the U.S. Energy Information Administration's most recent Annual Energy Outlook (AEO2016) Reference case, increase in each sector through 2040. In 2015, 3.7 trillion kilowatthours (kWh) of electricity were sold, and total electricity sales are projected to rise 0.7% annually through the projection period. The residential sector currently purchases the most electricity, with a 38% share of total electricity sales in 2015. However, sales in the commercial sector are projected to surpass those in the residential sector in the early 2020s.

Quarterly Coal Report (Abbreviated), January – March 2016

Jun 15, 2016
U.S. coal production during first quarter 2016 totaled 173.0 million short tons. This was 16.6% lower than the previous quarter and 28.0% lower than first quarter 2015. First quarter 2016 U.S. coal exports (14.2 million short tons) decreased 7.5% from fourth quarter 2015 and decreased 35.6% from first quarter 2015. U.S. coal imports in first quarter 2016 totaled 2.7 million short tons. All data for 2014 and prior years are final. All data for 2015 and 2016 are preliminary.

India Country Analysis Brief

Jun 14, 2016
India was the third largest global energy consumer behind China and the United States in 2013. Despite having notable fossil fuel resources, India has become increasingly dependent on energy imports to meet its growing demand. As India’s population grows and its economy develops, the country will require more access to energy infrastructure, electricity, and fuel supply from various sources.

First new U.S. nuclear reactor in almost two decades set to begin operating

Jun 14, 2016
The Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) Watts Bar Unit 2 was connected to the power grid on June 3, becoming the first nuclear power plant to come online since 1996, when Watts Bar Unit 1 started operations. Watts Bar Unit 2 is undergoing final testing, producing electricity at incremental levels of power, as TVA prepares to start commercial operation later this summer. The new reactor is designed to add 1,150 megawatts (MW) of electricity generating capacity to southeastern Tennessee.

OPEC Revenues Fact Sheet

Jun 14, 2016
For 2015, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) earned about $404 billion in net oil export revenues (unadjusted for inflation). This represents a 46% decline from the $753 billion earned in 2014, mainly as a result of a precipitous fall in average annual crude oil prices during the year, and to a lesser extent to decreases in the level of OPEC net oil exports. This revenue total was the lowest earnings for OPEC since 2010.

Drilling Productivity Report

Jun 13, 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.

Natural gas flaring in North Dakota has declined sharply since 2014

Jun 13, 2016
The volume of North Dakota's natural gas production that is flared has fallen sharply in both absolute and percentage terms since 2014. In March 2016, 10% of North Dakota's total natural gas production was flared, less than one-third of the January 2014 flaring rate, which was at 36%. Flaring rates and volumes have significantly decreased as North Dakota's total natural gas production has continued to grow, setting a monthly total natural gas production record of 1.71 billion cubic feet per day in March 2016.

Quarterly coal production lowest since the early 1980s

Jun 10, 2016
Coal production in the first three months of 2016 was 173 million short tons (MMst), the lowest quarterly level in the United States since a major coal strike in the second quarter of 1981. Among the supply regions, coal production from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming declined the most in tonnage and percentage since the previous quarter.

Unplanned global oil supply disruptions reach highest level since at least 2011

Jun 9, 2016
Unplanned global oil supply disruptions averaged more than 3.6 million barrels per day (b/d) in May 2016, the highest monthly level recorded since EIA started tracking global disruptions in January 2011. From April to May, disruptions grew by 0.8 million b/d as increased outages, largely in Canada, Nigeria, Iraq, and Libya, more than offset reduced outages in Kuwait, Brazil, and Ghana. Along with other factors such as rising oil demand and falling U.S. crude oil production, the rise in disruptions contributed to a month-over-month $5 per barrel increase in Brent crude oil spot prices in May.

Fires near Fort McMurray are reducing Canada's oil sands production

Jun 8, 2016
While evacuees from the ongoing fires in Fort McMurray have begun to return to the city, a state of emergency remains in place throughout Alberta, Canada, and the temporary shutdown of the area's oil sands production sites continues. EIA estimates that disruptions to oil production averaged about 0.8 million barrels per day (b/d) in May, with a daily peak of more than 1.1 million b/d. Although projects are slowly restarting as fires subside, it may take weeks for production to return to previous levels. EIA expects disruptions to average 400,000 b/d in June.

Short-Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report

Jun 7, 2016
Global crude oil prices increased for the fourth consecutive month in May, closing at more than $50 per barrel (b) for the first time since November 2015. The front-month Brent crude oil price increased $4.21/b since May 2, settling at $50.04/b on June 2. The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil price increased $4.39 over the same period to settle at $49.17/b.

Short-Term Energy Outlook

Jun 7, 2016
Benchmark North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $47/barrel (b) in May, a $5/b increase from April and the fourth consecutive monthly increase since reaching a 12-year low of $31/b in January. Growing global oil supply disruptions, rising oil demand, and falling U.S. crude oil production contributed to the price increase.

Most natural gas production growth is expected to come from shale gas and tight oil plays

Jun 6, 2016
The growth in total U.S. dry natural gas production projected in the Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016) Reference case results mostly from increased development of shale gas and tight oil plays. Natural gas resources in tight sandstone and carbonate formations (often referred to as tight gas) also contribute to the growth to a lesser extent, while production from other sources of natural gas such as offshore, Alaska, and coalbed methane remains relatively steady or declines.

EIA Publishes Construction Costs for Electric Generators

Jun 6, 2016
Average construction costs on a dollars-per-kilowatt ($/kW) basis by energy source, prime mover, and Census region. Generator capacity, number of generators, and number of plants. Costs for certain technology types and energy sources by prime mover and other design attributes.

EIA publishes construction cost information for electric power generators

Jun 6, 2016
Many factors influence the economic competitiveness of electricity generation technologies; however, two fundamental factors are the cost of constructing generators and the cost of operating them. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently began collecting construction costs for new electric generators at utility-scale power plants. The publication released today covers generators installed in 2013 and includes average costs by technology type or region. EIA expects to publish 2014 construction cost information in August 2016 and 2015 information in October 2016.

Recent data show divergent trends for rail shipments of crude oil, ethanol, and biodiesel

Jun 3, 2016
Although pipelines, tankers, and barges are widely used to transport liquid fuels to, from, and within the United States, several types of liquid fuels, including crude oil, ethanol, and biodiesel, are transported by rail in large volumes. EIA recently expanded its rail data for crude oil, ethanol, and biodiesel to provide monthly data going back to January 2010. The data cover rail movements within each Petroleum Administration for Defense District (intra-PADD) and between PADDs (inter-PADD), as well as rail movements to and from Canada.

Higher renewable capacity additions in AEO2016 reflect policy changes and cost reductions

Jun 2, 2016
Projections for renewable electricity capacity in the U.S. Energy Information Administration's most recent Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) are significantly higher than the projections in AEO2015. The December 2015 enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, which extended certain tax credits for renewable generation technologies, and the August 2015 promulgation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's final Clean Power Plan (CPP) are policies that have a significant effect on projected renewables deployment. Reductions in technology costs and some changes in state policies on renewables also affect the new AEO projections.

U.S uranium production remains near historic low as imports continue to fuel U.S. reactors

Jun 1, 2016
Most of the uranium loaded into U.S. nuclear power reactors is imported. During 2015, owners and operators of U.S. nuclear power reactors purchased 57 million pounds of uranium. Nearly half of these purchases originated from two countries, Canada and Kazakhstan, providing 17 million pounds and 11 million pounds of uranium, respectively.

Petroleum Marketing Monthly

Jun 1, 2016
The June 2016 Petroleum Marketing Monthly (PMM), with data through March 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, final monthly data and 2015 annual averages for crude oil are published in Tables 1, 1A, and 18-27. Preliminary monthly data show prices for crude oil and finished petroleum products on the rise during March, while Prime Supplier data show mixed trends for sales of petroleum products.

Natural Gas Monthly

May 31, 2016
• In March, for the sixth 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 March 2016 was 2,294 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or 74.0 Bcf/day. This level was a 0.1 Bcf/day (0.1%) increase from the revised March 2015 level of 73.9 Bcf/day. • Preliminary dry natural gas consumption for March 2016 was 2,375 Bcf, or 76.6 Bcf/day. This level was a decrease of 9.2% from 2,617 Bcf in March 2015, or 7.8 Bcf/day. • Year-over-year total consumption of dry natural gas in March decreased in the residential and commercial sectors and increased in the industrial and electric power deliveries sectors. Deliveries of natural gas by consuming sector in March 2016 were as follows: o Residential deliveries were 457 Bcf, or 14.7 Bcf/day, down 28.3% from 20.5 Bcf/day in March 2015. o Commercial deliveries were 299 Bcf, or 9.6 Bcf/day, down 23.1% from 12.5 Bcf/day in March 2015. o Industrial deliveries were 668 Bcf, or 21.5 Bcf/day, up 0.8% from 21.4 Bcf/day in March 2015. o Electric power deliveries were 740 Bcf, or 23.9 Bcf/day, up 4.4% from 22.9 Bcf/day in March 2015.

Petroleum Supply Monthly

May 31, 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.

Company Level Imports

May 31, 2016
Imports data at the company level collected from the EIA-814 Monthly Imports Report.

Monthly Biodiesel Production Report

May 31, 2016
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released new data today showing national and regional monthly biodiesel production for March 2016. In addition to biodiesel production, data included producer sales, producer stocks, and feedstock inputs.

Primary Energy Source-to-Sector Chart

May 31, 2016
EIA’s newly updated source-to-sector chart for 2015 illustrates how much petroleum, natural gas, coal, renewable energy, and nuclear electric power is distributed to the electric power sector and the end-use sectors.

China's diesel exports grow, driven by changes in its economy and refining industry

May 31, 2016
Chinese exports of diesel began to increase rapidly in 2015, driven by a structural shift in China's economy—which is reducing diesel demand—and by reforms in China's refining sector, which are contributing to increased refinery utilization and diesel production. These two factors have pushed Chinese net diesel exports higher, to more than 300,000 barrels per day in April.

Monthly Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production

May 31, 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. Natural Gas Imports & Exports 2015

May 31, 2016
Natural gas net imports fell to 935 Bcf in 2015—the lowest level since 1986. This decline in net imports continues a trend that began in 2007. Continued growth in natural gas production has contributed to changes in the natural gas imports/exports market. These changeds are discussed in the U.S. Natural Gas imports and Exports 2015 report.

U.S. Movements of Crude Oil By Rail

May 31, 2016
Monthly data on rail movements of crude oil have been updated for March 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.

Working and Net Available Shell Storage Capacity

May 31, 2016
Working and net available shell storage capacity as of March 31, 2016 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 March 31.

U.S. retail gasoline prices lowest since 2009 ahead of Memorial Day weekend

May 27, 2016
The U.S. average retail price for gasoline was $2.30 per gallon (gal) on May 23, 47 cents per gallon (cents/gal) lower than at the same time last year, and the lowest average price just before Memorial Day weekend (the start of the summer driving season) since 2009.

State Energy Data System: Total Energy for 2014

May 26, 2016
Annual state-level estimates for total energy consumption, prices, and expenditures.

Industrial and electric power sectors drive projected growth in U.S. natural gas use

May 26, 2016
U.S. consumption of natural gas is projected to rise from 28 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) in 2015 to 34 Tcf in 2040, an average increase of about 1% annually, according to EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016) Reference case. The industrial and electric power sectors make up 49% and 34% of this growth, respectively, while consumption growth in the residential, commercial, and transportation sectors is much lower.


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