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Monthly Energy Review – September 2016

Sep 27, 2016

EIA's most comprehensive report on recent integrated energy statistics. Preliminary data indicate that U.S. total primary energy consumption equaled 48 quadrillion Btu in the first six months of 2016, a 2% decrease from 2015. U.S. total primary energy production totaled 42 quadrillion Btu in the first six months of 2016, a 5% decrease from the previous year.

Recent increases in global nuclear capacity led by Asia

Sep 27, 2016

Global nuclear capacity reached 383 gigawatts (GW) in 2015, driven primarily by nuclear additions in Asia. Currently, 31 countries have nuclear power programs, totaling 441 operating reactors. An additional 60 reactors are under construction in 15 countries, adding 59 GW of electricity generating capacity over the next decade. Plans to add another 90 reactors (76 GW) have been formally transmitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by 8 countries.

Electricity Monthly Update

Sep 27, 2016

This issue contains a feature article on how the share of wind generation exceeds 10% in 11 states.

Weekly Energy Snapshots provides a weekly recap of EIA data visualizations

Sep 26, 2016

Weekly Energy Snapshots, an album recently launched on the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Flickr page, features EIA data visualizations showing pricing, inventories, trade, and other key energy graphics. The album, updated each Friday before noon, shows data and statistics from the week and highlights charts, graphs, maps, and other images.

Electric Power Monthly

Sep 26, 2016

Data in the September 2016 Electric Power Monthly (EPM ) are for July 2016, during which net generation in the United States rose 2.9 percent from the July 2015 level. Consumption of coal for power generation fell 3.1 percent compared to July 2015. The average retail price of electricity for July 2016 was down 2.3 percent from what it had been in July 2015.

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Hydrocarbon production in the Utica play increasingly targets natural gas-rich areas

Sep 23, 2016
Production of oil and natural gas in the Appalachian Basin's Utica play—which includes both the Utica and Point Pleasant formations—has increased significantly since 2012. Monthly natural gas production from Utica wells increased from 0.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in December 2012 to more than 3.5 Bcf/d in June 2016. Oil production increased from 4,400 barrels per day (b/d) to nearly 76,000 b/d over the same period.

Quarterly Coal Report (Abbreviated), April – June 2016

Sep 23, 2016
U.S. coal production during second quarter 2016 totaled 160.5 million short tons. This was 7.2% lower than the previous quarter and 24.4% lower than second quarter 2015. Second quarter 2016 U.S. coal exports (14.2 million short tons) increased 0.5% from first quarter 2016 and decreased 28.0% from second quarter 2015. U.S. coal imports in second quarter 2016 totaled 2.3 million short tons. All data for 2014 and prior years are final. All data for 2015 and 2016 are preliminary.

First shipment of ethane from U.S. Gulf Coast arrives in Europe

Sep 22, 2016
Increased production of ethane in the United States has led to increased ethane exports, first by pipeline to Canada and more recently by tanker to overseas destinations. Ethane is used domestically and internationally as a key feedstock for plastics production and other industrial uses.

Financial Review Second-quarter 2016

Sep 22, 2016
This analysis focuses on the financial and operating trends of 98 global oil and natural gas companies (called the energy companies).

Prime Supplier Report

Sep 22, 2016
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through July 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.

Pipeline shutdown disrupts gasoline supply in the Southeast

Sep 21, 2016
A partial shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline system, a major source of transportation fuels to the Southeast, has disrupted gasoline supplies, leading to higher prices and product shortages in parts of the region.

Within the past 30 days

EIA provides daily summary of Southern California energy conditions

Sep 20, 2016
The U.S. Energy Information Administration now provides a report with daily information on Southern California energy markets, the Southern California Daily Energy Report, to help give context to the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage situation.

Southern California Daily Energy Report

Sep 19, 2016
EIA’s Southern California Daily Energy Report shows how electricity and natural gas are being managed in Southern California following the discovery of the leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in October 2015. This dashboard report includes important information about energy operations in Southern California including hourly electric load across Southern California; past actual and near-future forecasts of daily low and high temperatures in Los Angeles; recent daily natural gas receipts and sendout levels; and Southern California daily wholesale on-peak power and natural gas prices.

The United States is both a major importer and exporter of motor gasoline

Sep 19, 2016
The United States simultaneously imports and exports gasoline because of regional differences in gasoline supply and demand balances. The two regions with the largest supply and demand imbalances are the East Coast, which imported 581,000 barrels per day (b/d) of gasoline in 2015, and the Gulf Coast, which exported 551,000 b/d of gasoline in 2015.

Recent energy intensity decline in government buildings exceeds commercial sector average

Sep 16, 2016
About 14% of commercial buildings in the United States are owned by a government agency at federal, state, and local levels. The latest data from EIA's Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) show these buildings have significantly reduced their energy intensity in recent years.

State Energy Profiles: New monthly data for June and July 2016 and Energy Indicators annual data

Sep 15, 2016
New monthly data are available for electricity, petroleum, natural gas, and coal series. The Profiles also feature several updated Energy Indicators: 2015 data for gross domestic product (GDP), GDP for the manufacturing sector, and per capita personal income, and 2014 data for vehicle miles traveled.

Annual Energy Outlook 2016

Sep 15, 2016
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) today released the full Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016), which focuses on the factors expected to shape U.S. energy markets through 2040. The projections provide a basis for examination and discussion of energy market trends and serve as a starting point for analysis of potential changes in U.S. energy policies, rules, and regulations, as well as the potential role of advanced technologies.

Electricity customers' service restored in Tallahassee after Hurricane Hermine

Sep 15, 2016
Many electric customers lost service as Hurricane Hermine made landfall in Florida and moved over portions of several southern states in early September. Electricity use in the city of Tallahassee, Florida dropped rapidly in the hours after the hurricane's landfall around midnight on September 2, falling to less than 20% of forecast normal hourly demand. Service was not back to near normal levels until at least three days later.

Wholesale Electricity and Natural Gas Market Data

Sep 15, 2016
Wholesale market data for natural gas and electric power are now available and updated through September 13, 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.

EIA now provides estimates of drilled but uncompleted wells in major production regions

Sep 14, 2016
Starting this month, EIA's Drilling Productivity Report (DPR) includes monthly estimates of the number of drilled but uncompleted wells (DUCs) in the seven DPR regions. Estimates will go through the prior month; the September DPR includes estimates through August.

Five and a half years after Fukushima, 3 of Japan's 54 nuclear reactors are operating

Sep 13, 2016
Since the accident at Fukushima Daiichi in March 2011 and the subsequent shutdown of nuclear reactors in Japan, five reactors have received approval to restart operations under the new safety standards imposed by Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA). Only three of those reactors are currently operating.

Drilling Productivity Report

Sep 12, 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.

EIA data show average frequency and duration of electric power outages

Sep 12, 2016
Interruptions in electricity service vary by frequency and duration throughout the country across the many electric distribution systems that serve roughly 145 million customers throughout the United States. While some distribution customers have backup generators to provide auxiliary power, most customers are simply without electricity when outages occur.

Japan's electricity prices rising or stable despite recent fuel cost changes

Sep 9, 2016
As Japan's electricity generation mix shifted away from nuclear energy toward the increased use of coal and natural gas after the Fukushima accident, Japan became increasingly reliant on generating electricity using imported coal and liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Narrowing crude oil price differences contribute to global convergence of refining profits

Sep 8, 2016
Earnings per barrel of crude oil and other inputs processed by refiners that operate mainly in North America were lower in the second quarter of 2016 compared with the same time last year and are now close to per-barrel earnings by refiners operating elsewhere. North American refiners, which for years were consistently more profitable than other refiners, were less profitable than European refiners and the global average, based on the four-quarter moving average of profits.

Natural gas generation and electricity imports used to follow load in California

Sep 7, 2016
The California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the entity responsible for maintaining the balance between supply and demand for electricity throughout most of the state, operates in a setting where demand peaks in the late afternoon or early evening on summer days.

Short-Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report

Sep 7, 2016
After reaching a four-month low in the beginning of August, crude oil prices rebounded close to the highest levels of the year. The front-month Brent crude oil price increased $3.31 per barrel (b) since August 1, settling at $45.45/b on September 1. The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) front-month crude oil price settled at $43.16/b, an increase of $3.10/b over the same period.

Short-Term Energy Outlook

Sep 7, 2016
Benchmark North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $46/barrel (b) in August, a $1/b increase from July. This was the fourth consecutive month in which Brent spot crude oil prices averaged between $44/b and $49/b.

California is using more renewables and less natural gas in its summer electricity mix

Sep 6, 2016
The mix of energy sources used for power generation in California this summer changed from last summer, as renewables and imported electricity offset lower natural gas use. During summer 2016 (June, July, and August) thermal generation (almost all from natural gas) in the area serviced by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) was down 20% from the previous summer, while generation from hydroelectricity, other renewables, and electricity imports was higher than the same period last year.

Gasoline prices prior to Labor Day lowest in 12 years

Sep 2, 2016
The U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline was $2.24/gallon (gal) on August 29, the lowest price on the Monday before Labor Day since 2004, and 27¢/gal lower than the same time last year. Lower crude oil prices are the main factor behind falling U.S. gasoline prices. Lower crude oil prices reflect continued high global crude oil and petroleum product inventories and increased drilling activity in the United States.

U.S. nuclear outages this summer were higher than in summer 2015

Sep 1, 2016
U.S. nuclear power plant outages have been higher this summer (June through August), averaging 4.3 gigawatts (GW), or 51% more than in 2015. Summer outages were at their highest in June, reaching 9.9 GW, or about 10% of total U.S. nuclear capacity, on June 17 and averaging 6.2 GW for the month. Outages dropped to an average of 4.4 GW in July and 2.4 GW in August.

Petroleum Marketing Monthly

Sep 1, 2016
The September 2016 Petroleum Marketing Monthly (PMM), with data through June 2016, presents monthly and annual price and volume statistics covering crude oil and refined products sales in the United States. In this issue of the PMM, preliminary monthly data show prices for crude oil and finished petroleum products continued to rise in June. At the national level, Prime Supplier data show sales of gasoline, kerosene-type jet fuel, and distillate fuels increased from last month’s levels.

Weekly Petroleum Status Report Exports Notice

Aug 31, 2016
Today's publication on August 31, 2016 of the Weekly Petroleum Status Report (WPSR) is now estimating weekly exports using near-real-time data provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). While EIA collects data on inventories, refinery and terminal operations, and imports, EIA does not collect any export data. To estimate weekly exports, EIA had previously relied on models using official monthly export data published by the U.S. Census Bureau (USCB) roughly six weeks following the end of each reporting month. Our new methodology using near-real-time CBP data provides a more accurate estimate of U.S. crude oil, petroleum products, and biofuels exports to better inform EIA's weekly estimates of domestic petroleum products supplied, a proxy for domestic consumption. For more information on this new methodology, please see Appendix D in the WPSR Explanatory Notes.

Petroleum Supply Monthly

Aug 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.

Monthly Biodiesel Production Report

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

U.S. Movements of Crude Oil By Rail

Aug 31, 2016
Monthly data on rail movements of crude oil have been updated for June 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

Aug 31, 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 Monthly

Aug 31, 2016
• In June 2016, for the third consecutive month, dry natural gas production decreased year-to-year for the same month in 2015. Preliminary dry natural gas production for June 2016 was 2,167 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or 72.2 Bcf/day. This level was a 1.9 Bcf/day (2.6%) decrease from the June 2015 level of 74.1 Bcf/day. • Preliminary dry natural gas consumption for June 2016 was 2,026 Bcf, or 67.5 Bcf/day. This level was an increase of 5.7%, or 3.7 Bcf/day, from the 1,916 Bcf consumed in June 2015. • Year-over-year total consumption of dry natural gas in June increased in three of the four consuming sectors, with the exception being residential deliveries, which decreased year-to-year. Deliveries of natural gas by consuming sector in June 2016 were as follows: o Residential deliveries in June 2016 were 123 Bcf, or 4.10 Bcf/day, down 0.8% from 4.13 Bcf/day in June 2015. Residential deliveries were the lowest for the month since EIA began tracking them in 1973, in part because temperatures in the Lower 48 states in June were the warmest on record. o Commercial deliveries were 139 Bcf, or 4.6 Bcf/day, up 3.0% from 4.5 Bcf/day in June 2015. o Industrial deliveries were 593 Bcf, or 19.8 Bcf/day, up 3.9% from 19.0 Bcf/day in June 2015. Industrial deliveries were the highest for the month since 2002. o Electric power deliveries were 977 Bcf, or 32.6 Bcf/day, up 9.4% from 29.8 Bcf/day in June 2015. Electric power deliveries were the highest for the month since EIA began tracking them in 2001.

Company Level Imports

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

EIA now using near-real-time export data to improve weekly petroleum consumption data

Aug 31, 2016
Starting with today's release of the Weekly Petroleum Status Report (WPSR), EIA is now publishing weekly petroleum export and consumption estimates based on near-real-time export data provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Customs). EIA previously relied on weekly export estimates based on monthly official export data published by the U.S. Census Bureau roughly six weeks following the end of each reporting month.

Coal consumption by U.S. educational institutions has declined by 64% since 2008

Aug 30, 2016
Coal consumption by educational institutions such as colleges and universities in the United States fell from 2 million short tons in 2008 to 700,000 short tons in 2015. Consumption declined in each of the 57 institutions that used coal in 2008, with 20 of these institutions no longer using coal at all. Many of these institutions participate in the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, a program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Coal consumption has decreased as institutions switch from coal to natural gas or other fuels.

District of Columbia raises renewable portfolio standard target to 50% by 2032

Aug 29, 2016
The District of Columbia (DC) increased and extended its renewable portfolio standard (RPS) target from 20% by 2020 to 50% by 2032. The target includes a separate solar-specific target of 5% by 2032, an increase and extension from 2.5% by 2023.


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