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Boston, New York City winter natural gas prices expected to remain high

Nov 24, 2014

Despite expectations of a milder winter for 2014, marketers anticipate high prices for natural gas in Boston and New York City. Natural gas prices are expected to be lower than last winter, but higher than the average of previous winters, particularly in Boston

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Prime Supplier Report

Nov 21, 2014
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through September 2014 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.

EIA releases new online tool to track crude oil imports

Nov 21, 2014
EIA's recently released U.S. Crude Oil Import Tracking Tool, designed to analyze crude oil imports in response to growing domestic production, allows users to sort and display imports by month or year, density, country of origin, port of entry, processing company, processing refinery, and more. The tool features graphing and mapping capabilities.

State Energy Profiles: New Data for August and September 2014, an Updated Infrastructure List, and Updated Information on Four States

Nov 20, 2014
New monthly data are available for electricity, petroleum, and natural gas series. The natural gas market hub list has been revised as well. In addition, the Quick Facts and analytical narratives for Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas have been updated, and information about energy on tribal lands has been added to the Oklahoma narrative.

EIA's U.S. Crude Oil Import Tracking Tool: Selected Sample Applications

Nov 20, 2014
Today EIA released a new U.S. Crude Oil Import Tracking Tool that allows policymakers, analysts, and the public to more easily track trends in crude oil imports. Users can sort and display crude oil imports by month or year, by crude type (i.e., light, medium, heavy), country source, port of entry, processing company, processing refinery, and more. The tool features graphing and mapping capabilities and a built-in help function.

Oil and currency markets reflect expectations for lower global economic growth

Nov 20, 2014
Since August, both crude oil and currency markets have been influenced by lower economic growth expectations in countries outside the United States. Prices in both markets recently broke out of established trading ranges, driven by concerns about weaker future global demand. The current situation, with the dollar index and oil prices moving in opposite directions, presents a sharp contrast to one in which crude oil supply disruptions or geopolitical risks would cause both the dollar index and crude prices to rise.

Solar photovoltaic output depends on orientation, tilt, and tracking

Nov 19, 2014
Financial incentives, renewable portfolio standards, cost declines, and improvements in system performance have led to more customer-sited solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, especially in states like California. Because PV panels are able to capture more solar energy when they are pointed directly at the sun, installers may configure systems to optimize output by adjusting the orientation and tilt of a system, or using mechanisms that track the sun as it traverses the sky.

Refinery Outages: Fall 2014

Nov 19, 2014
This report examines refinery outages planned for Fall 2014 and the potential implications for available refinery capacity, petroleum product markets and supply of gasoline and middle distillate fuel oil (diesel, jet fuel, and heating oil). EIA believes that dissemination of such analyses can be beneficial to market participants who may otherwise be unable to access such information.

European residential electricity prices increasing faster than prices in United States

Nov 18, 2014
European residential electricity prices have historically exceeded U.S. prices, and the gap has widened in recent years. In 2013, average residential electricity rates in European Union (EU) countries were more than double rates in the United States. Regulatory structures—including taxes and other user fees, investment in renewable energy technologies, and the mix and cost of fuels—all influence electricity prices.

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Crude oil and lease condensate production at highest volume since 1986

Nov 17, 2014
Crude oil and lease condensate production in the United States exceeded 8.6 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in August, a production volume not observed since July 1986, according to EIA's latest Petroleum Supply Monthly.

Natural gas is the dominant heating fuel in colder parts of the country

Nov 14, 2014
Natural gas consumption varies widely by region of the country. The majority of households that heat with natural gas are located in the Midwest and Northeast. In the upcoming winter months, homes in the East North Central Census division are expected to consume the most natural gas, but not as much as last winter. Extreme cold weather in natural-gas intensive regions caused unexpectedly high consumption during the winter of 2013-14.

Wholesale Market Data

Nov 13, 2014
Wholesale market data for natural gas and electric power are now available and updated through November 11, 2014. 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.

Rail shipments of oil and petroleum products through October up 13% over year-ago period

Nov 13, 2014
U.S. rail traffic, including carloadings of all commodity types, has increased 4.5% through October 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. Crude oil and petroleum products had the second-biggest increase in carloadings through the first 10 months of this year, with these shipments occurring in parts of the country where there is also strong demand to move coal and grain by rail.

Short-Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report

Nov 12, 2014
Both international and domestic crude oil prices moved sharply lower over the previous five weeks. The North Sea Brent front month futures price settled at $82.86/bbl on November 6, a decline of $11.30/bbl from October 1. The front month West Texas Intermediate (WTI) contract price settled at $77.91/bbl on November 6, decreasing by $12.82/bbl since the start of October. November marked the lowest level of Brent prices since September 2010 and the lowest level for WTI prices since October 2011.

Short-Term Energy Outlook

Nov 12, 2014
North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices fell from $95/barrel (bbl) on October 1 to $84/bbl at the end of the month. The causes included weakening outlooks for global economic and oil demand growth, the return to the market of previously disrupted Libyan crude oil production, and continued growth in U.S. tight oil production. Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $87/bbl in October, the first month Brent prices have averaged below $90/bbl since November 2010. EIA projects that Brent crude oil prices will average $83/bbl in 2015, $18/bbl lower than forecast in last month's STEO. There is significant uncertainty over the crude oil price forecast because of the range of potential supply responses from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), particularly Saudi Arabia, and U.S. tight oil producers to the new lower oil price environment.

Increased natural gas production would meet most demand from added LNG exports

Nov 12, 2014
Increased natural gas production is projected to satisfy 60% to 80% of a potential increase in demand for added liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the Lower 48 states, according to recently released EIA analysis.

Drilling Productivity Report

Nov 10, 2014
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.

World Oil Transit Chokepoints

Nov 10, 2014
World chokepoints for maritime transit of oil are a critical part of global energy security. About 63% of the world's oil production moves on maritime routes, and international energy markets depend on reliable transport. Blocking a chokepoint, even temporarily, can lead to substantial increases in total energy costs and world energy prices. By volume of oil transit, the Strait of Hormuz, leading out of the Persian Gulf, and the Strait of Malacca, linking the Indian and Pacific Oceans, are the world's two most important strategic chokepoints.

EIA tracks oil and natural gas production by both surface location and geologic formation

Nov 10, 2014
EIA uses two differing methods to determine production from major and minor oil and natural gas plays onshore in the United States. One method takes a geographic approach, focusing on surface-level analysis, and the other method uses a geologic approach, focusing on formation-level details. The differences between these two approaches can provide information on potentially emerging plays.

SERIES: Issues in International Energy Consumption Analysis

Nov 7, 2014
This article focuses on electricity use in the residential sector of India and, specifically, discusses key trends and provides an overview of available usage estimates from various sources. Indian households are an interesting environment where many of India’s unique features interact. The recent economic gains correlate with rising incomes and possible changes in living standards, which could affect electricity or other energy use within households. Additionally, the maturing electric system and large population in India offer opportunities to study a wide range of interactions between electrification and electricity usage within a developing country.

After record injections, natural gas storage levels now within 7% of 5-year average

Nov 7, 2014
Working natural gas in storage ended October at 3,571 Bcf, a record increase of 2,734 Bcf during the April 1 to October 31 injection season, and within 7% of the average of the last five end-of-season storage levels. While end-October natural gas stocks are at a five-year low, increased natural gas production, which has reached an all-time high, and new pipeline projects will help meet winter natural gas demand. Higher production means that even if this winter were as cold as last year, EIA expects natural gas storage at the end of March 2015 will be above its March 2014 level.

Coal stockpiles at coal-fired power plants smaller than in recent years

Nov 6, 2014
Coal stocks at electric power plants, which totaled 121 million tons at the end of August, are relatively low in both absolute and days of burn terms relative to recent historical norms. This is true both nationally and in the Upper Midwest. About two-thirds of coal used to generate electric power moves from coal mine to power plant either fully or partially by rail.

Texas leads nation in growth in oil and natural gas production jobs during 2013

Nov 5, 2014
Texas added more than 19,000 new private sector jobs in oil and natural gas production in 2013, almost six times the number added in New Mexico, the next highest state for oil and natural gas production jobs added last year. The extraction, drilling, and support jobs categories are a measure of on-the-ground production jobs, and do not reflect the many jobs at oil and natural gas corporate headquarters based in Texas.

LED light bulbs keep improving in efficiency and quality

Nov 4, 2014
Improvements in lighting technology for light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs have increased lighting efficiency, or efficacy, as well as color quality. In September of this year, several manufacturers released ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs surpassing 100 lumens per watt. For comparison, traditional incandescent bulbs, which do not meet current light bulb efficiency standards and are no longer sold, provide 13 to 18 lumens per watt.

Petroleum Marketing Monthly

Nov 3, 2014
The November 2014 Petroleum Marketing Monthly (PMM), with data through August 2014, presents monthly and annual price and volume statistics covering crude oil and refined products sales in the United States. Preliminary August data show prices for crude oil and many finished product prices continue to decline. Prime Supplier data show the volume of gasoline and No.2 distillate sales at the U.S.-level decreased from July to August, while propane sales increased.

U.S. gasoline prices move with Brent rather than WTI crude oil

Nov 3, 2014
Recent increases in U.S. crude oil production have sparked discussion on how this increase in supply will be used by U.S. refiners given current limitations on exporting domestic crude. On October 30, EIA released a study that explored the relationships between crude oil and gasoline prices.

Monthly Natural Gas Gross Production Report

Oct 31, 2014
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.

Crude exports and re-exports continue to rise; some volumes sent to Europe and Asia

Oct 31, 2014
The United States exported 401,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) of crude oil in July 2014, the highest level of exports in 57 years and the second highest monthly export volume since 1920, when EIA's published data starts. Recent crude oil exports are also noteworthy for both their origins and destinations. As a result of existing U.S. crude oil export restrictions, most U.S. crude exports are sourced domestically and are sent only to Canada. However, since April, crude exports have included modest amounts of Canadian-produced barrels that were moved through the United States and then re-exported to Switzerland, Spain, Italy, and Singapore.

Natural Gas Monthly

Oct 31, 2014
• This issue contains extensive revisions to 2012, 2013 and year-to-date 2014 data as a result of benchmarking to data published in the Natural Gas Annual 2013. These revisions primarily apply to statistics on production, underground storage, consumption, and prices by sector. • Preliminary dry gas production for August 2014 is 2,198 billion cubic feet (Bcf) or 70.9 Bcf/day. This sets the record for the highest dry production value in Bcf/day for the sixth consecutive month. August’s 70.9 Bcf/day is a slight increase from July’s revised 70.1 Bcf/day. • Preliminary total consumption for August 2014 is 1,956 Bcf or 63.1 Bcf per day, an increase of 1.6% from last August’s revised 1,926 Bcf or 62.1 Bcf/day. This was the second highest consumption for August since 2001. • Deliveries to residential consumers for August 2014 are 105 Bcf or 3.4 Bcf/day; commercial deliveries are 135 Bcf or 4.4 Bcf/day; industrial deliveries are 610 Bcf or 19.7 Bcf/day; and electric power deliveries are 895 Bcf or 28.9 Bcf/day. Industrial deliveries increased 3.2% from the revised August 2013 deliveries (591 Bcf or 19.1 Bcf/day) and are also the highest for the month since 2002.

Natural Gas Annual

Oct 31, 2014
- The 2013 Natural Gas Annual shows record natural gas production and consumption levels in the United States. In 2013, domestic dry production of 24.3 trillion cubic feet (Tcf), or 66.7 billion cubic feet per day, (Bcf/d) rose just over 1 percent over 2012, with Ohio increasing the most, percentage-wise, of any state. Dry production in Ohio more than doubled from 0.2 Bcf/d in 2012 to 0.5 Bcf/d in 2013. Pennsylvania once again saw the biggest total gains, however, increasing almost 3 Bcf/d from 6.13 Bcf/d in 2012 to 8.86 Bcf/d in 2013. - Record levels of consumer deliveries were 23.8 Tcf, or 65.2 Bcf/d; while electric power deliveries dropped for the first time since 2008, the other four sectors each showed an increase from 2012 deliveries, led by residential, which rose from 11.3 Bcf/d in 2012 to 13.5 Bcf/d in 2013. - Continuing a trend, production gains enabled a decline in natural gas imports in 2013 for the sixth straight year. Total imports of natural gas for 2013 were 2,883,355 Mcf (million cubic feet), the lowest since 1995. Meanwhile, exports of natural gas dropped from 1,618,828 Mcf in 2012 to 1,572,413 Mcf in 2013, only the third time since 1996 that exports have declined year-to-year.

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

Oct 30, 2014
The 17th 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.”

Company Level Imports

Oct 30, 2014
Imports data at the company level collected from the EIA-814 Monthly Imports Report.

Colder weather drives forecast of 2014 energy-related CO2 emissions 1.1% above 2013 level

Oct 30, 2014
In the long term, energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are driven by economic and efficiency trends and changes in the fuel mix. But weather fluctuations, which drive the level of energy use for both heating and cooling, are a very significant factor affecting year-to-year variation in fossil fuel consumption and their resulting emissions.

What Drives U.S. Gasoline Prices?

Oct 30, 2014
One question of interest to policymakers and the public is which crude prices, domestic or international, matter most to the determination of gasoline prices in the United States. This paper focuses on that question, and also explores how linkages across regional and international markets where gasoline is sold have evolved over time and influence gasoline pricing in domestic markets.

Petroleum Supply Monthly

Oct 30, 2014
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.

Effect of Increased Levels of Liquefied Natural Gas Exports on U.S. Energy Markets

Oct 29, 2014
This report responds to a May 2014 request from the Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy (DOE\/FE) for an analysis of "the impact of increased domestic natural gas demand, reflecting possible export of U.S. natural gas." Appendix A provides a copy of the DOE\/FE request letter. Specifically, DOE\/FE asked the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) to assess how specified scenarios of increased natural gas exports could affect domestic energy markets, focusing on consumption, production, and prices.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission resumes license renewals for nuclear power plants

Oct 29, 2014
Following a two-year hiatus, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has resumed issuing license renewals for nuclear power plants. On October 20, the NRC renewed the operating licenses for Limerick Generating Station Units 1 and 2, located northwest of Philadelphia, extending their license expiration dates by 20 years, to 2044 and 2049, respectively. With this action, the NRC has granted license renewals providing a 20-year extension to a total of 74 of the 100 operating reactors in the United States.

Benchmarks play an important role in pricing crude oil

Oct 28, 2014
When energy analysts and the media discuss the price of crude oil, they are typically referring to one of a small group of specific types of crude oil that are widely and actively bought and sold. The use of such benchmark crudes makes it easier for buyers and sellers to price the variety of crudes that are produced around the world.

Monthly Energy Review

Oct 28, 2014
EIA's most comprehensive report on recent integrated energy statistics. This month marks 40 years of continuous publication of the MER, beginning with the October 1974 issue. See Note to Readers published in the October 2014 issue.

Increasing ethanol use has reduced the average energy content of retail motor gasoline

Oct 27, 2014
EIA has adjusted its estimates of the energy content of retail motor gasoline in the Monthly Energy Review (MER) to reflect its changing composition. Ethanol and other oxygenates, which have lower energy content than petroleum-based gasoline components, have seen their share of total gasoline volumes increase from 2% in 1993 to nearly 10% in 2013. As a result, EIA's estimate of motor gasoline's average energy content per gallon has declined by about 3% over this 20-year period.


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