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Tight oil production pushes U.S. crude supply over 10% of world total

Mar 26, 2014
U.S. tight oil production averaged 3.22 million barrels per day (MMbbl/d) in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates. This was enough to push overall crude oil production in the United States to an average of 7.84 MMbbl/d, more than 10% of total world production, up from 9% in the fourth quarter of 2012. The United States and Canada are the only major producers of tight oil in the world.

Coal supplies at electric power plants drawn down in cold weather

Mar 25, 2014
The average supply of coal held at electric power generators in December 2013 dropped below 60 days of burn for the first time since summer 2011. Inventory increased slightly in January but remains below a two-month supply. Coal consumption to generate electricity grew during summer and fall 2013 as the price of natural gas, a competing power generation fuel, increased from low levels in 2012. Consumption of coal increased further this winter due to bitter cold weather that drove up power demand.

China is now the world's largest net importer of petroleum and other liquid fuels

Mar 24, 2014
In September 2013, China's net imports of petroleum and other liquids exceeded those of the United States on a monthly basis, making it the largest net importer of crude oil and other liquids in the world. The rise in China's net imports of petroleum and other liquids is driven by steady economic growth, with rapidly rising Chinese petroleum demand outpacing production growth.

Prime Supplier Report

Mar 24, 2014
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through January 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.

Nonmarketed natural gas in North Dakota still rising due to higher total production

Mar 21, 2014
Natural gas production in North Dakota's portion of the Bakken Shale formation has grown significantly, alongside the rapid rise in oil production in the state. Natural gas production has outpaced additions to the state's gas pipeline capacity and processing facilities. As a result, the amount of nonmarketed natural gas output continues to grow. Most nonmarketed natural gas is flared into the atmosphere.

Electric Power Monthly

Mar 21, 2014
Data in the March 2014 Electric Power Monthly (EPM) are for January 2014, during which net generation in the United States rose 8.2% from the January 2013 level. Consumption of coal for power generation rose 11.6% compared to January 2013. The average retail price of electricity for January 2014 was 10.13 cents per kilowatthour, up 4.9% from what it had been in January 2013.

Electricity Monthly Update

Mar 21, 2014
This issue contains data for for January 2014 as well as a feature explaining major shifts occurring in regional electric system operations.

State Energy Profiles: New Data for December 2013 and January 2014 March 20, 2014

Mar 20, 2014
New monthly data are available for electricity, natural gas, and coal series.

Planned coal-fired power plant retirements continue to increase

Mar 20, 2014
The need to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) regulations together with weak electricity demand growth and continued competition from generators fueled by natural gas have recently led several power producers to announce plans to retire coal-fired facilities.

LED bulb efficiency expected to continue improving as cost declines

Mar 19, 2014
Technology improvements for general service lighting, driven by federal efficiency standards, are leading to increased reliability and bulb life. As efficiency increases, residential electricity consumption for lighting declines over time. Although the initial purchase price is higher for more efficient technologies than for traditional bulbs, significant savings are achieved over the life of the bulb (also called a lamp).

Biofuels production drives growth in overall biomass energy use over past decade

Mar 18, 2014
Biomass energy consumption in the United States grew more than 60% from 2002 to 2013, almost entirely due to increased consumption of biomass to produce biofuels, mainly ethanol but also a smaller amount of biodiesel and other biomass-based diesel fuels. In 2013, biomass accounted for about half of all renewable energy consumed and 5% of total U.S. energy consumed.

Quarterly Coal Distribution Report – Fourth Quarter 2013

Mar 18, 2014
Provides detailed U.S. domestic coal distribution data for October – December 2013, 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.”

Increase in wood as main source of household heating most notable in the Northeast

Mar 17, 2014
Wood as a main heating source in homes has gained popularity in many areas of the country in recent years, but the increase is most notable in the Northeast. All nine states in the New England and the Middle Atlantic Census divisions saw at least a 50% jump from 2005 to 2012 in the number of households that rely on wood as the main heating source.

16% of natural gas consumed in Europe flows through Ukraine

Mar 14, 2014
Europe, including all EU members plus Turkey, Norway, Switzerland, and the non-EU Balkan states, consumed 18.7 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas in 2013. Russia supplied 30% (5.7 Tcf) of this volume, with a significant amount flowing through Ukraine. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates 16% (3.0 Tcf) of the total natural gas consumed in Europe passed through Ukraine's pipeline network.

EIA projects record natural gas storage injection in 2014 to boost stocks from 11-year low

Mar 13, 2014
A winter of prolonged, widespread, bitter cold weather throughout much of the United States led to a record-breaking natural gas withdrawal season in 2014, bringing inventories of natural gas to a 10-year low. EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook forecasts a robust injection season (April-October) with nearly 2,500 billion cubic feet (Bcf) added to storage as operators seek to rebuild inventory levels.

Heating fuel expenditures rise this winter, especially for propane-heated homes

Mar 12, 2014
Average expenditures for U.S. households heating primarily with propane are expected to be 54% higher this winter (October-March) compared with last winter, while expenditures for homes using heating oil will be 7% higher, natural gas 10% higher, and electricity 5% higher, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's March Short-Term Energy Outlook. Persistently cold weather east of the Rocky Mountains drove up demand for all heating fuels, depleted inventories, and put upward pressure on prices.

Growth in U.S. hydrocarbon production from shale resources driven by drilling efficiency

Mar 11, 2014
The productivity of oil and natural gas wells is steadily increasing in many basins across the United States because of the increasing precision and efficiency of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in oil and natural gas extraction. Many resource-producing basins are experiencing an increasing yield over time in either oil (Bakken, Eagle Ford, Niobrara) or natural gas (Marcellus, Haynesville).

Short-Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report

Mar 11, 2014
International crude oil futures prices rose over the previous month but remained within the recent, and relatively narrow, trading range. The North Sea Brent front month futures price settled at $108.10 per barrel (bbl) on March 6, an increase of $2.06/bbl from February 3. Over the same period, the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) front month futures contract rose $5.13/bbl, settling at $101.56/bbl on March 6.

Short-Term Energy Outlook

Mar 11, 2014
Temperatures east of the Rocky Mountains have been significantly colder this winter (October-February) compared with the same period both last winter and the average for the past 10 years, straining distribution networks and putting upward pressure on consumption and prices of fuels used for space heating. U.S. average heating degree days were 13% higher than last winter (indicating colder weather) and 10% above the October through February 10-year average. The Northeast was 13% colder than last winter, the Midwest and South both 19% colder, while the West was 5% warmer.

Indonesia's share of global LNG supply declines due to global and domestic demand growth

Mar 10, 2014
After accounting for more than one third of global liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports throughout the 1990s, Indonesia's share of the global market is currently about 7%. This declining share is a result of both growing global LNG demand that is increasingly served by non-Indonesian supply and lower Indonesian exports.

Drilling Productivity Report

Mar 10, 2014
EIA’s sixth 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 six key fields.

State Energy Data System: Coal for 2012

Mar 7, 2014
Annual state-level estimates of coal consumption, prices, and expenditures.

E85 fueling station availability is increasing

Mar 7, 2014
The number of retail fueling stations offering motor fuel that can be up to 85% ethanol, known as E85, has grown rapidly since 2007. According to the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC), Minnesota continues to lead the nation, with 336 E85 retail locations. However, in recent years, states outside of the Midwest have experienced some of the fastest growth. Currently, 2% of all retail stations in the United States offer E85, serving the approximately 5% of the U.S. light-duty vehicle fleet capable of running on E85.

EIA now delivers coal data through new interactive browser

Mar 6, 2014
Last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration launched an interactive, online Coal Data Browser that brings together in a single tool comprehensive data on the U.S. coal industry. The Coal Data Browser gives users easy access to coal information from EIA's electricity and coal surveys as well as data from the Mine Safety and Health Administration and trade information from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Ethanol producers benefiting from higher margins for distillers grains

Mar 5, 2014
The abundant 2013 corn harvest lowered the price of corn, a key input to ethanol production. In addition to lower corn input costs, ethanol producers are also benefiting from improving margins for dried distillers grains, an important supplement for animal feed that is the major co-product of ethanol production from corn. Sales of dried distillers grains provide a significant portion of the total revenue received by ethanol facilities, underpinning the economic feasibility of ethanol fuel production.

Indonesia Country Analysis Brief

Mar 5, 2014
Formerly a net oil exporter and OPEC member, Indonesia struggles to attract sufficient investment to meet growing domestic energy consumption because of inadequate infrastructure and a complex regulatory environment. At the same time, it was the world’s largest exporter of coal by weight in 2012 and the fourth-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas in 2013. The government seeks to meet energy demand at home by reorienting domestic energy production away from serving primarily export markets and increasing renewable energy production, particularly geothermal power.

Brent crude oil trading range in 2013 was narrowest since 2006

Mar 4, 2014
In 2013, North Sea Brent crude oil, the most important global benchmark for waterborne light sweet crude, traded in the narrowest price range since 2006 and exhibited the lowest magnitude of daily price movements in more than 10 years. The minimum closing price for 2013 was $97.69 per barrel (bbl) on April 17, and the maximum closing price was $118.90/bbl on February 8, representing a trading range of $21.21 for the year.

Petroleum Marketing Monthly

Mar 3, 2014
In this edition of the Petroleum Marketing Monthly, preliminary December 2013 data show crude oil prices on the rise again after several months of decline. Refiner prices for finished petroleum products mostly increased, while Prime Supplier data continue to show month-on-month declines in sales for many surveyed products.

Natural gas storage capacity up 2% in 2013 led by West, salt capacity in Producing region

Mar 3, 2014
U.S. natural gas storage capacity grew 2% in 2013, led by strong gains in salt-based storage in the traditional Producing region as well as in nonsalt storage fields in the West. In contrast, there was almost no growth in the East. Each measure of aggregate storage capacity tracked by EIA, demonstrated (peak volume actually injected into active storage facilities) and design (physical storage capacity), increased by 2% from 2012.

Natural Gas Monthly

Feb 28, 2014
The February Natural Gas Monthly, with data through December 2013, has been released. Preliminary total consumption for 2013 is a record at 26,034 billion cubic feet (Bcf). Deliveries to commercial consumers in 2013 were the largest ever reported at 3,289 Bcf, and deliveries to residential and industrial customers were at the highest levels realized since 2003. Deliveries to electric power consumers was the only sector that declined in volume from 2012 to 2013. December 2013 total consumption is a record for any month at 2,912 Bcf. Preliminary dry gas production for 2013 is a record at 24,280 Bcf. Monthly dry gas production for December was a record for the month at 2,090 Bcf.

Net crude and petroleum products imports fell relative to other major net import flows

Feb 28, 2014
Changes in crude oil and petroleum products trade account for most of the recent narrowing of the total U.S. trade deficit. Monthly trade data show the value of crude and petroleum products net imports was roughly equal to the value of electronics net imports in November 2013, and close to the value of net imports of both machinery and vehicles and parts. The monthly oil and petroleum trade deficit had exceeded that of other major commodity categories since it broke away from vehicles and parts in 2004.

Underground Natural Gas Working Storage Capacity

Feb 28, 2014
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released its 2014 Underground Natural Gas Working Storage Capacity update with data for November 2013. U.S. natural gas storage capacity grew 2% in 2013, led by strong gains in salt-based storage in the traditional Producing region as well as in nonsalt storage fields in the West. In contrast, there was almost no growth in storage capacity in the East.

Monthly Natural Gas Gross Production Report

Feb 28, 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.

South Africa Country Analysis Brief

Feb 28, 2014
South Africa's energy sector is critical to its economy, as the country relies heavily on its large-scale, energy-intensive coal mining industry. South Africa has limited proved reserves of oil and natural gas and uses its large coal deposits to meet most of its energy needs, particularly in the electricity sector. Most of the oil consumed in the country, used mainly in the transportation sector, is imported from Middle East and West African producers in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and it is locally refined. South Africa also has a sophisticated synthetic fuels industry, producing gasoline and diesel fuels from the Secunda coal-to-liquids (CTL) and Mossel Bay gas-to-liquids (GTL) plants.

Outlook for Refinery Outages and Available Refinery Capacity in the First Half of 2014

Feb 27, 2014
With this report, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) resumes regular semiannual reporting on refinery outages and their potential implications for available refinery capacity and petroleum product markets. EIA believes dissemination of such analyses can be beneficial to market participants who may otherwise be unable to access information regarding planned refinery outages.

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

Feb 27, 2014
The thirteenth 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.”

Petroleum Supply Monthly

Feb 27, 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.

Company Level Imports

Feb 27, 2014
Imports data at the company level collected from the EIA-814 Monthly Imports Report.

Monthly Biodiesel Production Report

Feb 27, 2014
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released new data today showing national and regional monthly biodiesel production for December 2013. In addition to biodiesel production, data included producer sales, producer stocks, and feedstock inputs.

Dollar value of U.S. net coal exports has increased more than three-fold since 2005

Feb 27, 2014
Although coal trade only accounts for about 5% of trade flows in energy fuels, the volume of U.S. coal exports has steadily increased, from 50 million short tons (MMst) in 2005 to a record 126 MMst in 2012. Export volumes set a monthly record in March 2013, before declining in the second half of the year. Coal exports are an increasingly important source of revenue for U.S. coal producers, railroads, and barge companies. Coal's transportation through the supply chain affects its delivered price.

Value of natural gas net imports has declined dramatically in recent years

Feb 26, 2014
Natural gas trade flows are much smaller, in terms of both monetary value and energy content, than trade flows associated with crude oil and petroleum products, as discussed in a previous article on energy trade. However, the value of U.S. natural gas net trade flows has experienced large percentage declines in recent years, because both the price and net volume of natural gas imports have been declining for several years.

State CO2 Emissions

Feb 25, 2014
These estimates of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) are based on the State Energy Data System (SEDS). The state data include a summary table with total energy-related CO2 by state beginning in 1990, a table with emissions by fuel in 2010 and a table with emissions by sector in 2011. Detailed tables for individual states provide emissions by fuel and sector for data beginning in 1980. Documentation for methodology is also included on the page.

Coal Data Browser

Feb 25, 2014
Query, graph, map, and download coal data.

Prime Supplier Report

Feb 25, 2014
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through December 2013 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.

Oil net imports have declined since 2011, with their value falling slower than volume

Feb 25, 2014
The drop in net imports of oil (crude and petroleum products combined) was the major contributor to the United States reaching its lowest net trade deficit in November 2013 since 2009, although the trade deficit increased in the final month of 2013. U.S. oil trade, by far the dominant component of overall U.S. energy trade, has seen major changes in recent years. In both absolute and percentage terms, U.S. net import dependence measured volumetrically (in terms of barrels or barrels per day) has been declining since 2005.

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