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New maps highlight geologic characteristics of U.S. tight oil, shale plays

Apr 17, 2015

EIA is currently in the process of updating maps of major tight oil and shale gas plays, including the Eagle Ford and Marcellus plays, which will help to better characterize the geology of key areas of production in the United States. These maps focus on shale and tight oil plays, and characterize plays based on geologic characteristics, including rock type and age.

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Wholesale Market Data

Apr 16, 2015
Wholesale market data for natural gas and electric power are now available and updated through April 14, 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.

State Energy Profiles: New Data for January and February 2015, Updated Information on Nine States, New 2013 Data, and New 2012 Data

Apr 16, 2015
New monthly data are available for electricity, natural gas, and coal series. In addition, the Quick Facts and analytical narratives for Alabama, American Samoa, Guam, Kentucky, Mississippi, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been updated. New annual data for 2013 are also available for coal and natural gas consumption and expenditures, and new 2012 data are provided for carbon dioxide emissions.

Households with more vehicles travel more

Apr 16, 2015
Based on data from the National Household Travel Survey, households with more vehicles not only travel more, but often put more miles on their most-used vehicle compared to households with fewer vehicles. Households with just one vehicle drove an average of 10,600 miles, while households with six or more vehicles traveled a total of 57,700 miles. Sixty-eight percent of households have either one or two cars

Updated Buildings Sector Appliance and Equipment Costs and Efficiency

Apr 15, 2015
EIA works with technology experts to project the cost and efficiency of future HVAC, lighting, and other major end-use equipment rather than developing residential and commercial technology projections in-house. These reports have always been available by request. By providing the reports online, EIA is increasing transparency for some of the most important assumptions used for our AEO projections of buildings energy demand.

U.S. energy imports and exports to come into balance for first time since 1950s

Apr 15, 2015
Projections in the Annual Energy Outlook 2015, released April 14, show the potential to eliminate net U.S. energy imports sometime between 2020 and 2030. This reflects changes in both supply and demand, as continued growth in oil and natural gas production and the use of renewables combine with demand-side efficiencies to moderate demand growth. The United States has been a net importer of energy since the 1950s.

EIA's Annual Energy Outlook will be released later today

Apr 14, 2015
At 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, EIA will release the Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015), which presents long-term projections of energy supply, demand, and prices through 2040. The analysis in AEO2015 focuses on six cases: Reference, Low and High Economic Growth, Low and High Oil Price, and High Oil and Gas Resource.

Annual Energy Outlook 2015

Apr 14, 2015
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) today released the Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015), which in addition to the Reference case, includes 5 alternative cases (Low and High Economic Growth, Low and High Oil Price, and High Oil and Gas Resource) which show how different assumptions regarding market, policy, and technology drivers affect projections of energy production, consumption, technology, and market trends and the direction they may take in the future. The AEO2015 is a shorter edition of the AEO. To focus more resources on rapidly changing energy markets and the ways in which they might evolve over the next few years, EIA has revised the schedule and approach for production of the AEO. Starting with AEO2015, EIA is adopting a two-year release cycle for the AEO, with a full edition of the AEO produced in alternating years and a shorter edition in the other years.

Drilling Productivity Report

Apr 13, 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.

Household spending on gasoline and public transit varies by region, income

Apr 13, 2015
Households in different regions of the United States have similar average combined spending on gasoline and public transit, but the composition of that spending varies significantly across regions. In 2013, the most recent year of data from the Labor Department's Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES), the average household spent $3,148 annually on gasoline and public transit.

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U.S. household gasoline expenditures expected to fall in 2015

Apr 10, 2015
The average U.S. household expenditure on motor gasoline in 2015 is expected to be about $1,817, the lowest level in more than a decade. This level is about $700 less than average household gasoline expenditures in 2014. Actual spending can vary based on driving-related factors, some of which depend on demographic considerations. As one might expect, households with more people tend to spend more on gasoline.

State Energy Data System: Coal for 2013

Apr 10, 2015
Annual state-level estimates of coal consumption, prices, and expenditures.

California’s continued drought, reduced snowpack mean lower hydropower output

Apr 9, 2015
Earlier this month, California Governor Jerry Brown enacted mandatory water restrictions for the first time in the state's history. While the executive order doesn't directly address hydropower generation and instead focuses on water use in cities and towns, the drought that began in 2011 has had a noticeable effect on hydropower. Furthermore, reduced levels of snowpack likely mean that hydropower output will be low throughout the summer.

Summer gasoline prices to be down more than $1 from last summer

Apr 8, 2015
U.S. drivers are projected to pay an average of $2.45/gallon (gal) for regular grade gasoline this summer (April through September), according to EIA's Short-Term Energy and Summer Fuels Outlook released yesterday. This year's projected average summer price is down from a $3.59/gal average during summer 2014.

Short-Term Energy Outlook and Summer Fuels Outlook

Apr 7, 2015
North Sea Brent crude oil prices averaged $58/barrel (bbl) in February, an increase of $10/bbl from the January average, and the first monthly average price increase since June 2014. The price increase reflects news of falling U.S. crude oil rig counts and announced reductions in capital expenditures by major oil companies, along with lower-than-expected Iraqi crude oil exports.

Short-Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report

Apr 7, 2015
Over the past month, international crude oil prices recorded the first month-over-month increase since June 2014. The North Sea Brent front month futures price settled at $60.48/bbl on March 5, an increase of $5.73/bbl from February 2. In the U.S. market, domestic crude oil prices continued to lag behind international benchmarks. The front month West Texas Intermediate (WTI) contract price settled at $50.76/bbl on March 5, $1.19/bbl higher than at the start of February.

U.S. remained world's largest producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2014

Apr 7, 2015
The United States remained the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2014, according to EIA estimates. U.S. hydrocarbon production continues to exceed that of both Russia and Saudi Arabia, the second- and third-largest producers, respectively. For the United States and Russia, total petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbon production, in energy content terms, is almost evenly split between petroleum and natural gas. Saudi Arabia's production heavily favors petroleum.

Technical options for processing additional light tight oil volumes within the United States

Apr 6, 2015
This report examines technical options for processing additional LTO volumes within the United States. Domestic processing of additional LTO would enable an increase in petroleum product exports from the United States, already the world’s largest net exporter of petroleum products. Unlike crude oil, products are not subject to export limitations or licensing requirements. While this is one possible approach to absorbing higher domestic LTO production in the absence of a relaxation of current limitations on crude exports, domestic LTO would have to be priced at a level required to encourage additional LTO runs at existing refinery units, debottlenecking, or possible additions of processing capacity.

EIA assesses options for processing additional U.S. light tight oil production

Apr 6, 2015
With the growth in U.S. production of light tight oil (LTO) in recent years, petroleum refiners in the United States have been processing greater volumes of LTO. To date, increased volumes of domestic LTO have mainly been accommodated with no- and low-cost options such as reducing light crude oil imports, increasing refinery utilization rates, making incremental efficiency improvements (crude unit debottlenecking), and displacing medium crude oil imports.

Nonhydro electricity storage increasing as new policies are implemented

Apr 3, 2015
Although pumped hydroelectric storage makes up most of the total electricity storage capacity in the United States, nonhydro storage has doubled in electric power sector capacity from 160 megawatts (MW) to nearly 350 MW over the past five years.

Financial hedging helps some producers mitigate effect of falling oil prices

Apr 2, 2015
The decline in crude oil prices since last summer has had a direct impact on oil producers' sales revenue, but hedging strategies have lessened the effects of lower prices on some producers' total revenue. Oil producers who adopt hedging strategies can reduce their price risk and generate smoother financial outcomes in unstable markets. A common hedging practice is to sell futures and swaps to lock in desired prices for future production, a practice that can shield producers' revenue from decreasing prices.

Top 100 U.S. Oil and Gas Fields

Apr 2, 2015
This supplement to the U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves, 2013 ranks the 100 largest U.S. oil and gas fields by their estimated 2013 proved reserves.

Petroleum Marketing Monthly

Apr 1, 2015
The April 2015 Petroleum Marketing Monthly (PMM), with data through January 2015, presents monthly and annual price and volume statistics covering crude oil and refined products sales in the United States. 2014 annual averages are available for data covering sales of finished petroleum products in Tables 2 through 17. Additionally, updated state motor fuels tax information is available in Table EN1. Preliminary monthly data show crude oil and finished petroleum products prices continued to fall in January. U.S.-level Prime Supplier data show mixed trends with distillates and propane sales rising, while sales of other surveyed products declined.

Updated geologic maps provide greater detail for Marcellus formation

Apr 1, 2015
Natural gas production from the Marcellus shale formation in the Appalachian basin increased to 14.4 Bcf/d in January 2015, accounting for more than 36% of shale gas production and more than 18% of total dry natural gas production in the United States. Recent updates to EIA's maps and geologic information for the Marcellus shale play help to characterize the formation's structure, thickness, and extent.

New EIA monthly data track crude oil movements by rail

Mar 31, 2015
For the first time, EIA is providing monthly data on rail movements of crude oil, which have significantly increased over the past five years. The new data on crude-by-rail movements are integrated with EIA's existing monthly petroleum supply statistics, which already include movements by pipeline, tanker, and barge.

OPEC Revenues Fact Sheet

Mar 31, 2015
For 2014, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that, excluding Iran, members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) earned about $730 billion in net oil export revenues (unadjusted for inflation). This represents an 11% decline from the $824 billion earned in 2013, largely because of the decline in average annual crude oil prices, and to a lesser extent from decreases in the amount of OPEC net oil exports. This was the lowest earnings for the group since 2010. For 2015, EIA projects that OPEC net oil export revenues (excluding Iran) could fall further to about $380 billion in 2015 (unadjusted for inflation) as a result of the much lower annual crude oil prices expected in 2015.

Natural Gas Monthly

Mar 31, 2015
• Preliminary dry gas production for January 2015 was 2,287 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or 73.8 Bcf/day, down from last month’s record high of 74.8 Bcf/day. January's production was a 6 Bcf/day increase from 67.8 Bcf/day in January 2014, an 8.8% rise from year to year. • Preliminary total consumption for January 2015 was 3,130 Bcf, or 101 Bcf/day, a decrease of 3% from 3,227 Bcf in January 2014, or 104.1 Bcf/day. • Total consumption for January 2015 decreased in most sectors year to year: Deliveries to residential consumers for January 2015 were 930 Bcf, or 30 Bcf/day, a 10% drop from 33.3 Bcf/day in January 2014; commercial deliveries were 526 Bcf, or 17 Bcf/day, an 8% decrease from 18.5 Bcf/day in January 2014; and industrial deliveries were 715 Bcf, or 23.1 Bcf/day, down 1% from 23.3 Bcf/day in January 2014. Electric power deliveries showed an increase from last January: January 2015 deliveries were 713 Bcf, or 23 Bcf/day, a 7.5% rise from January 2014’s 21.4 Bcf/day.

Monthly Natural Gas Gross Production Report

Mar 31, 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.

Petroleum Supply Monthly

Mar 30, 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. Starting with this release of January 2015 data, EIA will include new data on crude oil transported by railroads.

Company Level Imports

Mar 30, 2015
Imports data at the company level collected from the EIA-814 Monthly Imports Report.

U.S. oil production growth in 2014 was largest in more than 100 years

Mar 30, 2015
U.S. crude oil production (including lease condensate) increased during 2014 by 1.2 million barrels per day (bbl/d) to 8.7 million bbl/d, the largest volume increase since recordkeeping began in 1900. On a percentage basis, output in 2014 increased by 16.2%, the highest growth rate since 1940. Most of the increase during 2014 came from tight oil plays in North Dakota, Texas, and New Mexico where hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling were used to produce oil from shale formations.

U.S. Movements of Crude Oil By Rail

Mar 30, 2015
For the first time, EIA is providing monthly data on rail movements of crude oil, which have significantly increased over the past five years. The new data on crude-by-rail (CBR) movements are fully integrated with EIA’s existing monthly petroleum supply statistics, which already include crude oil movements by pipeline, tanker, and barge.

Monthly Biodiesel Production Report

Mar 30, 2015
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released new data today showing national and regional monthly biodiesel production for January 2015. In addition to biodiesel production, data included producer sales, producer stocks, and feedstock inputs.

Electricity Monthly Update

Mar 27, 2015
This issue contains data for January 2015 as well as a feature article on how average bills for residential customers in the United States rose in 2013.

Electric Power Monthly

Mar 27, 2015
Data in the March 2015 Electric Power Monthly (EPM ) are for January 2015, during which net generation in the United States fell 4.4 percent from the January 2014 level. Consumption of coal for power generation fell 14.5 percent compared to January 2014. The average retail price of electricity for January 2015 was up 0.6 percent from what it had been in January 2014.

Without the Cochin pipeline, western Canadian propane seeks new outlets

Mar 27, 2015
In April 2014, after 35 years of shipping propane from western Canada to the upper Midwest, the Cochin pipeline was removed from propane service, and in July repurposed to ship light petroleum liquids north from Illinois to western Canada. Without this pipeline, western Canadian propane production has been shipped by other existing transport modes or placed into inventory at Canadian storage facilities.

2014 Energy Flows

Mar 26, 2015
Energy flow diagrams with data for 2014 for total energy, petroleum, natural gas, coal, and electricity. The flows show that domestic production of fossil fuels was 69.0 quadrillion Btu, accounting for 63 percent of total U.S. energy supply.

Monthly Energy Review

Mar 26, 2015
The March report includes the first complete set of 2014 preliminary statistics for U.S. total energy consumption, production, trade, and carbon dioxide emissions. Preliminary data indicate that U.S. total primary energy consumption equaled 98 quadrillion Btu in 2014, a 1% increase from 2013. U.S. total primary energy production totaled 87 quadrillion Btu, a 6% increase.

U.S. ethanol exports in 2014 reach highest level since 2011

Mar 26, 2015
According to EIA monthly supply data through December 2014, which EIA released in late February, U.S. exports of fuel ethanol in 2014 reached their second-highest level at a total of 826 million gallons. This level was second only to the 1.2 billion gallons exported during 2011 and 33% more than exports of fuel ethanol in 2013. Similarly, U.S. imports of ethanol, which totaled approximately 377 million gallons during 2013, fell by 81% to a total of 73 million gallons in 2014, their lowest annual level since 2010.

Annual Energy Outlook Retrospective Review

Mar 25, 2015
The Annual Energy Outlook Retrospective Review provides a yearly comparison between realized energy outcomes and the Reference case projections included in previous Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) beginning with 1994. This edition of the report adds the AEO 2014 projections and updates the historical data to incorporate the latest data revisions.

Upstream capital expenditure declined 12% year-over-year in fourth-quarter 2014

Mar 25, 2015
Based on financial statements from selected international oil and natural gas companies, spending on upstream investments was 12% lower in fourth-quarter 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. Upstream spending on exploration and development typically accounts for the bulk of these companies' investment expenditures.

California first state to generate more than 5% of electricity from utility-scale solar

Mar 24, 2015
California has become the first state with more than 5% of its annual utility-scale electricity generation from utility-scale solar power, according to EIA's Electric Power Monthly. California's utility-scale (1 MW or larger) solar plants generated a record 9.9 million megawatthours (MWh) of electricity in 2014, an increase of 6.1 million MWh from 2013. California's utility-scale solar production in 2014 was more than three times the output of the next-highest state, Arizona, and more than all other states combined.

Prime Supplier Report

Mar 23, 2015
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through January 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.

Electric Power Annual 2013

Mar 23, 2015
The Electric Power Annual presents 11 years (2003 - 2013) of national-level data on electricity generating capacity, electricity generation and useful thermal output, fuel receipts, consumption, and emissions.

Crude oil storage at Cushing, but not storage capacity utilization rate, at record level

Mar 23, 2015
After increasing for 15 consecutive weeks, crude oil storage at Cushing, Oklahoma, reached 54.4 million barrels on March 13, according to EIA's Weekly Petroleum Status Report. This volume is the highest on record, but not the highest percent of storage utilization, as working storage capacity at Cushing has also increased over time.

State Energy Data System: Natural Gas for 2013

Mar 20, 2015
Annual state-level estimates of natural gas consumption, prices, and expenditures.

Angola Country Analysis Brief

Mar 20, 2015
Angola is the second-largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa, behind Nigeria. Despite some new oil fields coming online, Angola’s petroleum and other liquids production remained relatively stagnant over the past few years and declined slightly by 50,000 bbl/d to average 1.75 million bbl/d in 2014. Angola's production has been stagnant as a result of persistent technical problems. The recent drop in global oil prices is not expected to substantially affect Angola’s oil production in the medium term, but it will most likely delay investment decisions in Angola’s less developed presalt formations.

U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel imports decline 36% in 2014

Mar 20, 2015
After reaching record levels in 2013, United States imports of biomass-based diesel fuel (both biodiesel and renewable diesel) fell 36%, to 333 million gallons in 2014. Uncertainty surrounding future Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) targets and the absence of a late-year influx of volumes from Argentina were two main factors in this decline.

State Energy Profiles: New Data for December 2014 and January 2015, Updated Information on Four States, New 2013 Data, and New 2012 Data

Mar 19, 2015
New monthly data are available for electricity, natural gas, and coal series. In addition, the Quick Facts and analytical narratives for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio have been updated. New annual data for 2013 are also available for ethanol consumption and vehicle miles traveled, and new 2012 data are provided for the number of motor gasoline stations.

U.S. commercial crude oil inventories now provide the most days of supply since 1985

Mar 19, 2015
With lower U.S. refinery runs and increases in domestic crude oil production, U.S. commercial crude oil inventories at the end of February provided the most days of supply since the mid-1980s. Commercial crude inventories were sufficient to supply 29 days of U.S. refinery demand, based on expected refinery runs in March.

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