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North Dakota aims to reduce natural gas flaring

Oct 20, 2014

About one-third of the natural gas North Dakota has produced in recent years has been flared rather than sold to customers or consumed on-site. In an effort to reduce the amount of natural gas flared, North Dakota's Industrial Commission (NDIC) established targets that decrease flared gas to 10% by 2020.

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Energy for growing and harvesting crops is a large component of farm operating costs

Oct 17, 2014
The U.S. agriculture industry used nearly 800 trillion British thermal units (Btu) of energy in 2012, or about as much primary energy as the entire state of Utah. Agricultural energy consumption includes energy needed to grow and harvest crops and energy needed to grow livestock. Crop operations consume much more energy than livestock operations, and energy expenditures for crops account for a higher percentage of farm operating costs.

State Energy Profiles: New Data for July and August 2014 and for 2013; New Information on Energy on Tribal Lands

Oct 16, 2014
New monthly data are available for electricity, petroleum, and natural gas series. New 2013 annual data are provided for the share of households using natural gas, fuel oil, electricity, liquefied petroleum gases, and other energy sources for home heating. In addition, information on energy on tribal lands has been added for eight states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Washington, and Wyoming.

EIA launches expanded winter heating fuels data program for winter 2014-15

Oct 16, 2014
EIA is expanding the State Heating Oil and Propane Program (SHOPP) this winter heating season. SHOPP is a joint effort between EIA and participating states to collect weekly residential heating oil and propane price data. The SHOPP program has traditionally included 24 states in the Northeast and Midwest regions, but the program was expanded after many other states expressed interest in the program following the winter of 2013-14.

Some Appalachian natural gas spot prices are well below the Henry Hub national benchmark

Oct 15, 2014
Some natural gas prices at trading hubs in the Appalachian Basin's Marcellus Shale play are trading well below the national benchmark spot price at the Henry Hub in Louisiana. Over the past month, spot prices at many Appalachian hubs have dropped below $2 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) on days of low demand, while spot prices at Henry Hub and throughout much of the United States have traded near $4/MMBtu

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Drilling Productivity Report

Oct 14, 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.

Newly released heat content data allow for state-to-state natural gas comparisons

Oct 14, 2014
The heat content of natural gas, or the amount of energy released when a volume of gas is burned, varies according to the extent that gases with higher heat content than methane are included in delivered gas. EIA is now publishing the heat content of end-use natural gas by state in the Natural Gas Monthly.

Net energy imports as share of consumption at lowest level in 29 years

Oct 10, 2014
Total U.S. net imports of energy as a share of energy consumption fell to their lowest level in 29 years for the first six months of 2014. Total energy consumption in the first six months of 2014 was 3% above consumption during the first six months of 2013, but consumption growth was outpaced by increases in total energy production. These changes led to a 17% reduction in net imports compared with the first six months of 2013.

Lower petrochemical use of propane driven by wider price spread between propane and ethane

Oct 9, 2014
Propane demand is expected to be 110,000 barrels per day lower on average in 2014 compared to 2013 because of reduced demand from petrochemical plants, according to EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook. In contrast to propane used as a heating fuel in buildings during colder months and as a crop-drying fuel during the harvest season, both of which are highly seasonal and weather dependent, petrochemical consumption of propane has relatively little seasonality.

Lower demand, higher supply drive oil prices to lowest level since 2012

Oct 8, 2014
The price of North Sea Brent crude oil has fallen to around $91 per barrel, the lowest level in more than two years and about 21% lower than its year-to-date peak of $115 per barrel on June 19. Before its recent decline, average monthly Brent spot prices had traded within a narrow $5 per barrel range, from $107 to $112 per barrel, for 13 consecutive months through July 2014.

Quarterly Coal Report

Oct 8, 2014
U.S. coal production during second quarter 2014 totaled 245.8 million short tons. This was 0.3% higher than the previous quarter, and 1.2% higher than second quarter 2013. Second quarter 2014 U.S. coal exports (24.6 million short tons) dropped 16.5% from second quarter 2013, and dropped 11.4% from first quarter 2014. U.S. coal imports in second quarter 2014 increased to 3.5 million short tons from 2.4 million short tons in first quarter 2014. U.S. coal consumption totaled 212.9 million short tons in second quarter 2014; this was 14.4% lower than the 248.6 million short tons reported in first quarter 2014 and 1.7% lower than the 216.5 million short tons reported in second quarter 2013. All data for 2012 and prior years are final. All data for 2013 and 2014 are preliminary.

Short-Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report

Oct 7, 2014
International crude oil prices fell in August and remain near their lowest levels of 2014. The North Sea Brent front month futures price settled at $101.83/barrel on September 4, a decrease of $3.01/barrel from August 1.

Short-Term Energy and Winter Fuels Outlook

Oct 7, 2014
EIA projects average U.S. household expenditures for natural gas, heating oil, electricity, and propane will decrease this winter heating season (October 1 through March 31) compared with last winter, which was 11% colder than the previous 10-year average nationally. Projected average household expenditures for propane and heating oil are 27% and 15% lower, respectively, because of lower heating demand and prices. Lower heating demand and higher prices contribute to natural gas and electricity expenditures that are 5% and 2% lower than last winter.

Less severe weather means lower expected household heating bills this winter

Oct 7, 2014
After the unusually cold winter of 2013-14, U.S. households can expect lower heating expenditures this winter (October through March) compared with last winter. According to EIA's Short-Term Energy and Winter Fuels Outlook, average household expenditures for homes heating primarily with natural gas will total $649 this winter, a $31 decline from last winter's average.

California drought leads to less hydropower, increased natural gas generation

Oct 6, 2014
The drought in California continues to increase in severity since California's governor declared a state of drought emergency in January 2014. As of September 30, 58% of the state was classified as experiencing exceptional drought, the most intense drought category. These dry conditions limit hydropower generation, requiring generation from other sources to make up for the shortfall.

U.S. coal exports fall on lower European demand, increased global supply

Oct 3, 2014
U.S. coal exports have continued to decline from record volumes in 2012. During first-half 2014, coal exports totaled 52.3 MMst, 16% below the same period in 2013. Most of these exports go to countries in Europe and Asia. Export declines reflect both lower European demand for steam coal and increased steam coal supply from Australia and Indonesia. Metallurgical coal supply from Australia, Canada, and Russia has also increased. These factors have led to a cumulative decline of 9.0 MMst in coal exports to Europe and Asia during first-half 2014.

Wholesale Market Data

Oct 2, 2014
Wholesale market data for natural gas and electric power are now available and updated through September 30, 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.

Propane use for crop drying depends on weather and corn markets as well as crop size

Oct 2, 2014
The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects this fall's corn harvest to be slightly larger than last fall's record harvest. Depending on the timing and moisture content of the crop, the harvest could have effects on the propane market, as propane is among the fuels used for crop-drying. Propane consumption in corn-producing states typically rises in September and October with the corn harvest, followed by a larger rise related to space-heating needs in January.

Quarterly Coal Distribution Report – Second Quarter 2014

Oct 2, 2014
Provides detailed U.S. domestic coal distribution data for April – June 2014, excluding waste coal and imports, by coal origin, coal destination, mode of transportation, and consuming sector. Quarterly coal distribution data for all years are preliminary and will be superseded by the release of the corresponding “Annual Coal Distribution Report.”

Petroleum Marketing Monthly

Oct 1, 2014
The October 2014 Petroleum Marketing Monthly (PMM), with data through July 2014, presents monthly and annual price and volume statistics covering crude oil and refined products sales in the United States. Also in this edition of the PMM, updated state motor fuel tax information is available in Table EN1. Preliminary July 2014 data show crude oil prices declined in all sales categories. Refiner gasoline prices show significant month-on-month decreases, while No. 2 distillate prices declined for the fifth month in a row. U.S-level Prime Supplier data show sales of all major finished products increased during July.

Natural gas storage injections typically continue beyond the end of October

Oct 1, 2014
In natural gas markets, analysts refer to the storage injection season as running from April 1 through October 31 of each year, but these dates are not strict cutoff points. In each of the past 11 years, going back to the first full year of EIA's weekly gas storage surveys, there have been net injections during one or more weeks in November. In 6 of those years, there have been multiple weeks of net injections. There have also been multiple weeks within the injection season when the weekly change resulted in a net withdrawal.

Natural Gas Monthly

Sep 30, 2014
The September Natural Gas Monthly, with data through July 2014, has been released. • Preliminary dry gas production for July 2014 of 2,183 billion cubic feet (Bcf) or 70.4 Bcf/day. This is the fifth consecutive month where the Bcf/day dry production value set the record for the highest ever for any month, with July’s 70.4 Bcf/day being slightly higher than June’s revised 70.3 Bcf/day. • Preliminary total consumption for July 2014 is 1,878 Bcf or 60.6 Bcf per day, a decrease of 2% from last July’s 1,918 Bcf or 61.9 Bcf/day. This was the lowest consumption for the month since 2010. • Deliveries to residential consumers for July 2014 are 112 Bcf or 3.6 Bcf/day; commercial deliveries are 137 Bcf or 4.4 Bcf/day; and industrial deliveries are 605 Bcf or 19.5 Bcf/day. All were relative stable from last year, each changing less than 4% from July 2013. However, electric power deliveries for July (840 Bcf or 27.1 Bcf/day) are down 7.3% from July 2013, and are the lowest for the month since 2009.

Monthly Natural Gas Gross Production Report

Sep 30, 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.

Canada Country Analysis Brief

Sep 30, 2014
Canada’s oil sands are a significant contributor to the recent growth and expected future growth in the world’s liquid fuel supply. They comprise most of the country’s proved oil reserves, which rank third globally.

California's subhourly wholesale electricity market opens to systems outside its footprint

Sep 30, 2014
On October 1, the grid operator for most of California will begin simulating the balancing of subhourly electricity supply and demand for PacifiCorp's electric service areas in the western United States through an energy imbalance market. After a month of simulation, financially binding operations will begin on November 1. By adding its generation resources to the resource pool of the California ISO to meet subhourly electricity imbalances, PacifiCorp anticipates enhanced reliability and cost savings, particularly in the face of higher levels of renewable energy generation in the West.

Malaysia Country Analysis Brief

Sep 29, 2014
Malaysia is a significant oil and natural gas producer in Asia and is strategically located amid important routes for seaborne energy trade. The country’s oil reserves are the fourth highest in the Asia-Pacific region after China, India, and Vietnam. Also, Malaysia was the world’s second largest exporter of liquefied natural gas after Qatar in 2013. Declining oil and natural gas production growth and rising domestic and regional energy demand are prompting Malaysia to invest in downstream infrastructure such as oil and natural gas import terminals, storage facilities, and refining capacity to ensure adequate energy supply.

Petroleum Supply Monthly

Sep 29, 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.

New Eagle Ford wells continue to show higher production

Sep 29, 2014
Increased drilling and improved drilling efficiency have led to significant crude oil production increases in the Eagle Ford region in southern Texas. These increases have occurred despite the region's relatively high well decline rates. However, by offsetting the natural declines through the use of new recovery techniques, further production increases are possible

Company Level Imports

Sep 29, 2014
Imports data at the company level collected from the EIA-814 Monthly Imports Report.

Minimum efficiency standards for electric motors will soon increase

Sep 26, 2014
Nearly half of the electricity consumed in the manufacturing sector is used for powering motors, such as for fans, pumps, conveyors, and compressors. For more than three decades the efficiency of new motors has been regulated pursuant to federal law. Beginning in mid-2016, an updated standard established this year by the U.S. Department of Energy for electric motors will once again increase the minimum efficiency of new motors.

Electric Power Monthly

Sep 25, 2014
Data in the September 2014 Electric Power Monthly (EPM ) are for July 2014, during which net generation in the United States fell 2.3 percent from the July 2013 level. Consumption of coal for power generation fell 1.9 percent compared to July 2013. The average retail price of electricity for July 2014 was up 2.9 percent from what it had been in July 2013.

Electricity Monthly Update

Sep 25, 2014
This issue contains data for July 2014 as well as a feature article on how participation growth in Illinois residential retail choice programs has leveled off since March 2013.

Yemen Country Analysis Brief

Sep 25, 2014
Although Yemen is not a major hydrocarbon producer relative to several other countries in the Middle East, the country has sufficient oil and natural gas resources for both domestic demand and exports. However, Yemen's difficult security environment hinders the production and transport of those resources.

Everywhere but Northeast, fewer homes choose natural gas as heating fuel

Sep 25, 2014
On a national basis, natural gas has long been the dominant choice for primary heating fuel in the residential sector. Lately, electricity has been gaining market share while natural gas, distillate fuel oil, kerosene, and liquefied petroleum gas (propane) have declined.

Monthly Energy Review

Sep 25, 2014
The September report includes the first complete set of preliminary statistics for the first 6 months of 2014 for U.S. total energy consumption, production, trade, and carbon dioxide emissions. Preliminary data indicate that U.S. total primary energy consumption equaled 50 quadrillion Btu, a 3% increase from the first 6 months of 2013. U.S. total primary energy production totaled 42 quadrillion Btu, a 5% increase. U.S. primary energy net imports totaled 5 quadrillion Btu, a 17% decrease.

Saudi Arabia uses largest amount of crude oil for power generation since 2010

Sep 24, 2014
Saudi Arabia is one of a handful of countries that burn crude oil directly for power generation, according to the Joint Organizations Data Initiative (JODI). During the summer, Saudi Arabia typically experiences an increase in electricity consumption as domestic demand for air conditioning rises. Saudi Arabia burned 0.9 million barrels per day (bbl/d) of crude oil in July, the highest ever recorded in JODI data for the month of July and the highest overall since August 2010.

Higher Permian production, constrained infrastructure increase spread between WTI oil hubs

Sep 23, 2014
Increasing production of crude oil in the Permian Basin in western Texas has outpaced pipeline infrastructure to move the crude to refineries, causing prices for crude in the Permian (at Midland, Texas) to fall below similar crudes priced at Cushing, Oklahoma. While the price difference between Midland and Cushing has been increasing for almost a year, recent refinery outages in the region caused it to widen substantially. Several infrastructure projects that will allow more crude to flow from the Permian to the U.S. Gulf Coast are expected to come online soon, which should cause this price difference to narrow.

Prime Supplier Report

Sep 22, 2014
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through July 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.

European nations are increasing electricity generation using no-carbon sources

Sep 22, 2014
Penetration rates of no-carbon generation have increased from 50% to 56% in recent years in Europe, as European Union countries work towards renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions targets. Increasing levels of renewable generation, along with nuclear generation, mean that many European countries generate a large share of electricity from no-carbon sources.


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