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Proposed Clean Power Plan rule cuts power sector CO2 emissions to lowest level since 1980s

May 26, 2015

In June 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. EIA's newly released analysis of the proposed rule shows power sector CO2 emissions falling to about 1,500 million metric tons per year by 2025, a level not seen since the early 1980s, in the Base Policy case.

Electric Power Monthly

May 26, 2015

Data in the May 2015 Electric Power Monthly (EPM ) are for March 2015, during which net generation in the United States fell 2.4 percent from the March 2014 level. Consumption of coal for power generation fell 19.1 percent compared to March 2014. The average retail price of electricity for March 2015 was unchanged from what it had been in March 2013.

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Monthly Energy Review

May 22, 2015
EIA's most comprehensive report on recent integrated energy statistics. Preliminary data indicate that, in February 2015, the U.S. transportation sector total energy consumption accounted for 24 percent of total primary energy consumption.

Analysis of the Impacts of the Clean Power Plan

May 22, 2015
This report responds to an August 2014 request to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) from Representative Lamar Smith, Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, for an analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan under which states would be required to develop plans to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rates from existing fossil-fired electricity generating units.

U.S. retail gasoline prices lowest since 2009 heading into Memorial Day weekend

May 22, 2015
On May 18, the U.S. average retail price for gasoline was $2.74 per gallon ($/gal), or 92¢ per gallon (¢/gal) lower than at the same time last year. This is the lowest average price heading into the Memorial Day weekend—the traditional start of the summer driving season—since 2009.

State Energy Profiles: New Data for February and March 2015, Updated Information on Eight States, New 2015 Data, New 2013 Data, and New Territory Data

May 21, 2015
New monthly data are available for electricity, natural gas, and coal series. In addition, the Quick Facts and analytical narratives for Florida, Georgia, Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, and West Virginia have been updated. New annual data are also available for ethanol plant capacity; petroleum consumption and expenditures; and territory total energy consumption, electricity generation, electricity capacity, and crude oil production.

Prime Supplier Report

May 21, 2015
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through March 2015 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.

Net imports of natural gas fall to lowest level since 1987

May 21, 2015
U.S. net imports of natural gas decreased 9% in 2014, continuing an eight-year decline. As U.S. dry natural gas production has reached record highs, lower domestic prices have helped to displace natural gas imports. Net natural gas imports totaled 1,171 billion cubic feet (Bcf) in 2014, the lowest since 1987.

Domestic Uranium Production Report – Quarterly

May 20, 2015
First quarter 2015 update of uranium production in the United States and operating status of U.S. uranium mills and plants.

Low crude oil prices, increased gasoline demand lead to high refiner margins

May 20, 2015
Gasoline crack spreads in the United States, especially on the U.S. East Coast, have reached several-year highs in recent months. Crack spreads, which reflect the difference between wholesale product prices and crude oil prices, are a good indicator of refiner profitability.

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EIA launches redesigned International Energy Portal

May 19, 2015
On May 18, EIA launched a beta version of a redesigned International Energy Portal designed to help users access international energy data and to provide new and expanded tools and capabilities to examine trends in global energy markets.

Nonpetroleum share of transportation energy at highest level since 1954

May 18, 2015
In the United States, petroleum is by far the most-consumed transportation fuel. But recently the share of fuels other than petroleum for U.S. transportation has increased to its highest level since 1954, a time when the use of coal-fired steam locomotives was declining and automobile use was growing rapidly.

United Arab Emirates Country Analysis Brief

May 18, 2015
The United Arab Emirates was the second largest OPEC producer of petroleum and other liquids in 2014 and maintains an ambitious production growth goal despite lower oil prices. With significant refinery expansions at Ruwais, storage additions at Fujairah and new production concessions granted in 2015, the UAE is determined to expand and anchor their status as a global energy market lynchpin.

International Energy Portal

May 18, 2015
EIA launched a redesigned International Energy Portal to improve access to international energy data and trends in global energy markets. The expanded International Energy Portal provides increased access to data, new user-driven customization, new data visualization features, improved access to international analysis, and enhanced data downloads.

State Energy Data System: Nuclear Energy for 2013

May 15, 2015
Annual state-level estimates of nuclear energy consumption, prices, and expenditures.

U.S. power sector CO2 emissions expected to increase through 2040

May 15, 2015
Although U.S. carbon dioxide emissions associated with electricity generation have fallen from the 2005 level, they are projected to increase in the coming decades, based on analysis in EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2015 that reflects current laws and regulations, and therefore does not include proposed rules such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan.

China Country Analysis Brief

May 14, 2015
China’s robust economic growth and thirst for energy resources in the past decade has driven it to become the top global energy consumer. China has the largest oil and gas production in the Asia-Pacific region and the largest coal production in the world, but the country’s escalating energy demand, albeit at slower growth levels in the past few years, increases its reliance on imports and need to secure more energy supplies. China is also in the midst of balancing its need for energy security with environmental concerns and is implementing economic and energy sector reforms to provide more sustainable and long-term growth.

Power generation from coal and natural gas expected to temporarily converge this spring

May 14, 2015
EIA's most recent Short-Term Energy Outlook forecasts that the amount of electricity generation fueled by natural gas in April and May will total just 3% less than the projected amount of coal-fired generation. This convergence has occurred only once before, in April 2012, when natural gas fueled just 1.5% less generation than coal.

Wholesale Market Data

May 14, 2015
Wholesale market data for natural gas and electric power are now available and updated through May 12, 2015. 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.

2014 Uranium Marketing Annual Report

May 13, 2015
Statistical data update for 2014 of uranium marketing activities in the United States.

Corn ethanol yields continue to improve

May 13, 2015
In 2014, U.S. fuel ethanol production reached 14.3 billion gallons of ethanol fuel, the highest level ever. The growth in U.S. fuel ethanol production has outpaced growth in corn consumed as feedstock—as the industry has grown, it has become more efficient, using fewer bushels of corn to produce a gallon of ethanol.

Short-Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report

May 12, 2015
After increasing in February, global crude oil prices declined in March. The North Sea Brent front month futures price settled at $54.95/bbl on April 2, a decline of $4.59/bbl since the close on March 2. The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) front month futures price declined by $0.45/bbl over the same period to settle at $49.14/bbl on April 2. The average Brent price for March was 3.2% lower compared to the average in February, the smallest monthly average change since June 2014.

New supply patterns and additional disruptions push California gasoline prices higher

May 12, 2015
Supply disruptions in the tightly balanced and relatively isolated California gasoline market have increased wholesale and retail gasoline prices over the past several weeks. This comes after markets had adjusted to compensate for lost production following the February explosion and fire at ExxonMobil's refinery in Torrance, California. Average retail prices for regular gasoline in California as a whole, and in Los Angeles specifically, have increased by 57¢/gal and 63¢/gal in the past three weeks.

Short-Term Energy Outlook

May 12, 2015
On April 2, Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) reached a framework agreement that could result in the lifting of oil-related sanctions against Iran. Lifting sanctions could substantially change the STEO forecast for oil supply, demand, and prices by allowing a significantly increased volume of Iranian barrels to enter the market. If and when sanctions are lifted, the baseline forecast for world crude oil prices in 2016 could be reduced $5-$15/barrel (bbl) from the level presented in this STEO.

U.S. Natural Gas Imports & Exports 2014

May 11, 2015
In 2014, net imports of natural gas in the United States fell to 1,187 billion cubic feet as a result of lower natural gas imports from Canada. On a regional basis, natural gas net imports changed most significantly in the Northeast, North Central, and South regions. Net changes in natural gas imports in other regions were less significant in 2014. These trends are discussed in the U.S. Natural Gas Imports and Exports 2014 report.

Drilling Productivity Report

May 11, 2015
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 electric capacity additions are below recent historical levels

May 11, 2015
In the coming decades, additions to U.S. electricity generation capacity are expected to be lower than in the recent past. In EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2015 Reference case, which reflects current laws and policies and does not include EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan, total generating capacity (including end-use generators like rooftop solar panels) increases from 1,065 gigawatts (GW) in 2013 to 1,261 GW in 2040.

Average size of new commercial buildings in United States continues to grow

May 8, 2015
Increases in the size of commercial buildings have outpaced increases in the number of those buildings over the past decade, according to EIA's Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey. The survey is the only nationally representative data collection for building characteristics and energy use in commercial buildings.

Implications of higher domestic crude production for U.S. refining

May 7, 2015
In response to multiple requests over the past years, EIA is developing a series of analyses that address the implications of current limitations on crude oil exports for prices, including both world and domestic crude oil and petroleum product prices, and for the level of domestic crude oil production and refining activity.

EIA's CBECS is the nation's only comprehensive survey of commercial buildings

May 6, 2015
EIA's Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey is the only nationally representative source of statistical information on energy-related characteristics, consumption, and expenditures for the nation's 5.6 million commercial buildings. Building characteristics information from the 2012 survey is being released in stages through the spring, and consumption and expenditures data will follow later in the year.

Implications of Increasing Light Tight Oil Production for U.S. Refining

May 5, 2015
EIA retained Turner, Mason & Company to provide analysis of the implications of increasing domestic light tight oil production for U.S. refining, focusing on regional crude supply/demand balances, refinery crude slates, operations, capital investment, product yields, crude oil exports/imports, petroleum product exports, infrastructure constraints and expansions, and crude oil price relationships.

Crude by rail accounts for more than half of East Coast refinery supply in February

May 5, 2015
Monthly rail receipts of crude oil accounted for more than half (52%) of the crude oil supply to East Coast refineries in February. As U.S. and Canadian production of crude oil has increased, crude supply by rail to East Coast (PADD 1) refineries has grown, displacing waterborne imports of crude oil from countries other than Canada, such as Nigeria.

Natural gas, renewables projected to provide larger shares of electricity generation

May 4, 2015
EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015) Reference case projects that electricity consumption will increase at an average annual rate of 0.8% from 2013 to 2040, nearly in line with expected population growth. Continuing a recent trend toward lower levels of carbon-intensive generation, natural gas and renewable generation meet almost all of the increase.

Petroleum Marketing Monthly

May 1, 2015
The May 2015 Petroleum Marketing Monthly (PMM), with data through February 2015, presents monthly and annual price and volume statistics covering crude oil and refined products sales in the United States. Preliminary monthly data show crude oil and finished petroleum products prices on the rise during February. U.S.-level Prime Supplier data show sales of most surveyed products increased from both prior-month and year-ago rates.

State Energy Data System: Total Petroleum for 2013

May 1, 2015
Annual state-level estimates of total petroleum consumption, prices, and expenditures. State-level estimates of retail electricity sales, prices, and expenditures also updated with final 2013 annual data.

Alaska residents are paid a unique yearly dividend from state’s permanent fund

May 1, 2015
The Alaska Permanent Fund, established using revenues paid to the state by oil and gas producers, provides Alaska residents with an annual cash dividend, which is unique among natural resource permanent funds in the United States. In 2014, the annual dividend was $1,884 per resident, more than double the 2013 dividend and the highest since 2008.

Monthly Natural Gas Gross Production Report

Apr 30, 2015
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.

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

Apr 30, 2015
Number 20 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.”

Natural Gas Monthly

Apr 30, 2015
Preliminary dry gas production for February 2015 was 2,077 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or 74.2 Bcf/day, up from last month's 73.6 Bcf/day. February's production was a 6.7 Bcf/day increase from 67.5 Bcf/day in February 2014, a 9.1% rise from year to year. Preliminary total consumption for February 2015 was 2,956 Bcf, or 105.6 Bcf/day, an increase of 6.7% from 2,757 Bcf in February 2014, or 98.5 Bcf/day. Total consumption of dry natural gas for February 2015 increased in all sectors year to year.

Energy resource permanent funds vary by purpose and state

Apr 30, 2015
Taxation of coal, crude oil, and natural gas production presents opportunities for states to collect revenue as nonrenewable resources are produced. Natural resource permanent funds are revenues earned from taxing the extraction of energy resources and are set aside by national, state, and local governments for strategic or long-term use.

2014 Domestic Uranium Production Report

Apr 30, 2015
Statistical data update for 2014 on drilling, mining, production, shipments, sales, facilities, employment, expenditures, and reserve estimates in the U.S. uranium production industry.

Petroleum Supply Monthly

Apr 29, 2015
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

Apr 29, 2015
Imports data at the company level collected from the EIA-814 Monthly Imports Report.

Monthly Biodiesel Production Report

Apr 29, 2015
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released new data today showing national and regional monthly biodiesel production for February 2015. In addition to biodiesel production, data included producer sales, producer stocks, and feedstock inputs.

South Africa Country Analysis Brief

Apr 29, 2015
South Africa has a large energy-intensive coal mining industry. The country has the world's ninth-largest amount of recoverable coal reserves and holds 95% of Africa's total coal reserves. South Africa exports more than 25% of its coal production, domestically consuming the remainder particularly in its electricity sector. Most of South Africa’s coal exports are sent to Asia, with India being the largest recipient. The country has limited proved reserves of oil and natural gas.

U.S. energy demand slows except for industrial, commercial sectors

Apr 29, 2015
U.S. energy consumption has slowed recently and is not anticipated to return to growth levels seen in the second half of the 20th century. EIA's Reference case projections in the Annual Energy Outlook 2015 show that domestic consumption is expected to grow 0.3% per year through 2040, less than half the rate of population growth. Energy used in homes is flat, and transportation consumption declines slightly, meaning that energy consumption growth will be concentrated in U.S. businesses and industries.

Monthly Energy Review

Apr 28, 2015
EIA's most comprehensive report on recent integrated energy statistics. Preliminary data indicate that, in January 2015, total energy consumption in the U.S. industrial sector equaled 2.7 quadrillion Btu, a 1% decrease from January 2014.

Year in Review: Crude Oil Prices 2014

Apr 28, 2015
This report gives an overview of the primary drivers of crude oil price movements in 2014, in particular the substantial price decline that took place during the second half of the year. Factors such as increased global supply of crude oil, lower crude oil supply disruptions, lower economic growth expectations, and currency exchange rate movements are explored in the report. In addition, links are provided to several other published EIA articles with further in-depth discussion of topics related to the oil price decline.

Projections show U.S. becoming a net exporter of natural gas

Apr 28, 2015
In its recently released Annual Energy Outlook 2015, EIA expects the United States to be a net natural gas exporter by 2017. Increased availability of domestic gas or higher world energy prices each increase the gap between the cost of U.S. natural gas and world prices that encourages exports of liquefied natural gas, and, to a lesser extent, greater exports by pipeline to Mexico.

Electricity Monthly Update

Apr 27, 2015
This issue contains data for February 2015 as well as a feature article on how the number of electric smart meters operating in two-way mode has surpassed the number of one-way smart meters.

Floating LNG regasification is used to meet rising natural gas demand in smaller markets

Apr 27, 2015
Floating regasification is a flexible, cost-effective way to receive and process shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Floating regasification is increasingly being used to meet natural gas demand in smaller markets, or as a temporary solution until onshore regasification facilities are built.

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