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Fewer wind curtailments and negative power prices seen in Texas after major grid expansion

Jun 24, 2014
Curtailments of wind generation on the Texas electric grid have steadily dropped since 2011 as more than 3,500 miles of transmission lines have been built, largely as a result of the state's Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) program. Occurrences of wind-related negative real-time electricity prices have similarly declined as the CREZ transmission expansions have allowed wind power to flow to more electricity demand areas in the state.

Texas hits new peak wind output

Jun 23, 2014
At 8:48 p.m. on March 26, wind generation on the electric grid covering most of the state of Texas reached a new instantaneous peak output of 10,296 megawatts (MW). At that moment, wind supplied almost 29% of total electricity load, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the grid's operator. The average wind production in that hour was 10,120 MW. The new wind record surpassed two highs reached in the previous week, while the record prior to March was 9,674 MW set in May 2013.

Prime Supplier Report

Jun 23, 2014
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through April 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.

Venezuela Country Analysis Brief

Jun 20, 2014
Venezuela remains one of the largest producers and exporters of petroleum and other liquids, including to the United States where it was the third largest exporter of crude oil in 2013.

NERC's Summer Reliability Assessment highlights regional electricity capacity margins

Jun 20, 2014
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation's (NERC) recently released 2014 Summer Reliability Assessment finds all of North America to have enough resources to meet this summer's projected peak electricity demand.

2012 CBECS Preliminary Results

Jun 19, 2014
The preliminary results from the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) show that there were 5.6 million commercial buildings in the United States in 2012, comprising 87.4 billion square feet of floorspace.

Quarterly Coal Distribution Report – First Quarter 2014

Jun 19, 2014
Provides detailed U.S. domestic coal distribution data for January – March 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.”

June marks 50th anniversary of the first commercial liquefied natural gas tanker

Jun 19, 2014
The world's first purpose-built liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier, the Methane Princess, entered service 50 years ago, in June 1964. Since then, the global LNG carrier fleet has grown to include 357 ships, with an average capacity of 150,000 cubic meters of LNG per ship (approximately 3,300 million cubic feet of natural gas), over five times larger than the capacity of the Methane Princess.

State Energy Profiles: New Data for Marchand April 2014, 2012, Revised Infrastructure Lists, and Updated Analytical Narratives

Jun 19, 2014
New monthly data are available for electricity, petroleum, andseries. New annual data are also available for 10 series covering consumption and expenditures.Three lists covering petroleum ports, crude oil pipelines, and natural gas liquids pipelines have been revised as well. In addition, analytical narratives have been updated for the five states in the Pacific Census division: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington.

Sales of Fossil Fuels Produced from Federal and Indian Lands, FY 2003 through FY 2013

Jun 19, 2014
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that total sales of fossil fuels from production1 on federal and Indian lands decreased by 7% during fiscal year 2013. The decrease in production on federal lands alone was also 7%. Sales from production on Indian lands, which account for less than 7% of total federal and Indian lands production, increased by 9%.

First westbound natural gas flows begin on Rockies Express Pipeline

Jun 18, 2014
The Rockies Express Pipeline (REX) announced on Monday that it expects service to commence as soon as today for the first 0.25 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of capacity on its 0.60 Bcf/d Seneca Lateral pipeline in southeast Ohio.

Hydropower supplies more than three-quarters of Brazil's electric power

Jun 17, 2014
Brazil is the second-largest producer of hydroelectric power in the world, trailing only China, and the country depends on hydroelectricity for more than 75% of its electric power supply. Much of Brazil's hydroelectric potential lies in the country's Amazon River basin in the north, while Brazil's population centers (and demand for electricity) are largely along the eastern coast, particularly in the southern portion.

U.S. crude exports in April rise to highest level in 15 years

Jun 16, 2014
The United States exported 268,000 barrels per day (b/d) of crude oil in April (the latest data available from the U.S. Census Bureau), the highest level of exports in 15 years. Exports have increased sharply since the start of 2013 and have exceeded 200,000 b/d in five of the past six months. The increase in crude exports is largely the result of rising U.S. crude production, which was 8.0 million b/d in February.

Projected growth in natural gas-fired generation is influenced by resource availability

Jun 13, 2014
Different scenarios of natural gas resource availability in the Annual Energy Outlook 2014 Reference case, High Oil and Gas Resource case, and Low Oil and Gas Resource case affect the growth of natural gas-fired electric generation. As increasing amounts of natural gas become available to power sector and onsite generators, gas-fired electric generation increases in all three cases. However, the cases differ in terms of whether growth in gas-fired generation is sufficient to overtake coal-fired generation by 2040.

Gulf of Mexico 2014 production shut in by storms seen higher than last year

Jun 12, 2014
NOAA is predicting a relatively mild hurricane season, but even a quiet season like last year can lead to disruptions to offshore crude oil and natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico. EIA recently analyzed the potential for Gulf shut-in production during the upcoming months, given NOAA's outlook for hurricane activity. EIA's mean estimate of offshore production outages during the current hurricane season totals 12 million barrels of crude oil and 30 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

Record winter withdrawals create summer storage challenges

Jun 12, 2014
On June 6, a net natural gas storage injection of 107 billion cubic feet (Bcf) brought natural gas working inventories in the contiguous United States to 1,606 Bcf. Strong injections over the past five weeks raised storage levels well above where they were on May 2, when a 74-Bcf injection ended seven consecutive weeks of storage levels that were less than 1 trillion cubic feet (Tcf). This was the longest period of time that storage remained below 1 Tcf since 2003. Although strong injections have brought storage up considerably since then, working inventories remain at an 11-year low, presenting a challenge for storage operators during the 2014 injection season (April through October) of building sufficient inventories for the upcoming winter.

Railroad deliveries continue to provide the majority of coal shipments to the power sector

Jun 11, 2014
In 2013, electric power generators consumed 858 million tons of coal, accounting for 93% of all coal consumed in the United States and 39% of electric power generation. Two-thirds of the coal (67%) was shipped either completely or in part by rail. The balance was moved by river barge (especially over the Mississippi and Ohio rivers and their tributaries), truck, and—for power plants located at the coal mine—by conveyor

Assumptions to the Annual Energy Outlook 2014

Jun 11, 2014
This report presents the major assumptions of the National Energy Modeling System (NEMS) used to generate the projections in the Annual Energy Outlook 2014, including general features of the model structure, assumptions concerning energy markets, and the key input data and parameters that are the most significant in formulating the model results.

Short-Term Energy Outlook

Jun 10, 2014
North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices increased from a monthly average of $108/barrel (bbl) in April to $110/bbl in May. This was the 11th consecutive month in which the average Brent crude oil spot price fell within a relatively narrow range of $107/bbl to $112/bbl. The discount of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil to Brent crude oil, which averaged more than $13/bbl from November through January, fell below $4/bbl in early April before increasing to an average of $7/bbl in May. EIA projects Brent crude oil prices to average $108/bbl in 2014 and $102/bbl in 2015 and the WTI discount to Brent to average $9/bbl and $11/bbl in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

Short-Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report

Jun 10, 2014
International crude oil futures prices rebounded in April and approached the top of their recent trading range. The North Sea Brent front month futures price settled at $107.76 per barrel (bbl) on May 1, an increase of $2.14/bbl from April 1. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) prices at the start of May were near the same levels as the beginning of April. The front month WTI contract settled at $99.42/bbl on May 1, a slight decrease of $0.32/bbl since April 1.

Crude-by-rail transportation provides Bakken Shale production access to major markets

Jun 10, 2014
As onshore crude oil production in the United States increased over the past few years, producers have increasingly moved crude oil out of production areas by rail. Producers in North Dakota, in particular, have used rail to ship crude oil to refineries and midstream companies at newly built unloading terminals on the East Coast and West Coast.

Drilling Productivity Report

Jun 9, 2014
EIA’s ninth 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.

Power sector CO2 emissions sensitive to policy changes and natural gas supply

Jun 9, 2014
In 2012, almost 40% of total energy-related CO2 emissions resulted from electricity generation. About three-fourths of those power sector emissions occurred from burning coal, the most carbon-intensive fuel. Policies to reduce CO2 emissions could result in less consumption of coal in favor of natural gas, as well as increases in other low- or zero-carbon power generating technologies such as renewables and nuclear.

Increases in U.S. crude oil production come from light, sweet crude from tight formations

Jun 6, 2014
U.S. crude oil production has grown rapidly in recent years, primarily from light, sweet crude (a characteristic of crude quality, as measured by API gravity and sulfur content) from tight resource formations. Roughly 96% of the 1.8-million-barrel per day (bbl/d) growth in production from 2011 to 2013 consisted of light sweet grades with API gravity of 40 or above and sulfur content of 0.3% or less.

Lower crude feedstock costs contribute to North American refinery profitability

Jun 5, 2014
First-quarter 2014 financial results continued a three-year trend of North American refineries showing considerably higher profitability than European refineries as measured by earnings per barrel processed. While many factors contribute to refinery profitability, lower North American crude oil prices compared with world prices have been a key factor driving this outcome.

NOAA predicts relatively quiet Atlantic hurricane season

Jun 4, 2014
Sunday, June 1, marked the beginning of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a relatively inactive June-November hurricane season this year, following the quietest hurricane season in the past two decades in 2013. NOAA projects a 70% probability of 8-13 named storms this hurricane season, of which 3-6 will strengthen to hurricanes, with 1-2 becoming major hurricanes.

Petroleum Marketing Monthly

Jun 3, 2014
The June 2014 Petroleum Marketing Monthly, with data through March 2014, presents monthly and annual volume and price statistics covering sales of crude oil and refined products in the United States. In this month’s issue, final monthly and annual average data for 2013 are published in Tables 1, 1A, and 18-27. Preliminary March 2014 data show mixed trends for crude oil prices, while refiner retail and wholesale prices for gasoline show significant increases. In contrast, refiner prices for No. 2 distillates retreated from last month’s levels. Prime Supplier data at the national level show gasoline and ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel sales continued to rise during March.

United Kingdom Country Analysis Brief

Jun 3, 2014
The United Kingdom is the largest producer of oil and the second-largest producer of natural gas in the European Union. Following years of exports of petroleum and natural gas, the UK became a net importer of all fossil fuels for the first time in 2013. The UK government has developed key energy policies to address the domestic production declines. These include: using enhanced recovery from current and maturing oil and gas fields, promoting energy efficiency, decreasing the use of fossil fuels, promoting energy trade cooperation with Norway, and investing heavily in renewable energy.

Recent trends in energy-related CO2 emissions vary across regions and states

Jun 3, 2014
U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2013 were 10% below the benchmark year of 2005. Emissions in 2013 were roughly 2% above their 2012 level and 1.5% below their 2011 level, when emissions were 8.6% below the 2005 level. Recently released state-level data through 2011 show different parts of the country generally experiencing this downward trend, but at regionally variable rates.

Domestic production satisfies 84% of total U.S. energy demand in 2013

Jun 2, 2014
Total U.S. energy production reached 81.7 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) in 2013, enough to satisfy 84% of total U.S. energy demand, which totaled 97.5 quads. Natural gas was the largest domestically produced energy resource for the third year in a row and, together with the other fossil fuels, accounted for more than three quarters of U.S. energy production.

Natural Gas Monthly

May 30, 2014
The May Natural Gas Monthly, with data through March 2014. Preliminary dry gas production for March 2014 of 2,130 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or 68.7 Bcf/day, is the highest on record for any month. Preliminary total consumption for March 2014 dropped to 2,557 Bcf, or 82.5 Bcf per day, from February’s revised 98.3 Bcf/day. However, it is still the highest on record for March, an increase of just under 2% from March 2013. Deliveries of 682 Bcf, or 22.0 Bcf/day, to industrial consumers for March 2014 are slightly lower than last month’s record, on a per-day basis, of 23.7 Bcf/day but are the highest on record for the month of March. Commercial deliveries (418 Bcf, or 13.5 Bcf/day) are the highest ever for March. Residential deliveries of 700 Bcf, or 22.6 Bcf/day, are the highest for March since 1996. Beginning with this edition of the Natural Gas Monthly, Heating Value data are shown in Table 2. Heating value is the average number of British thermal units per cubic foot of natural gas as reported on Forms EIA-857 and EIA-176.

State Energy Data System: Total Energy for 2012

May 30, 2014
Annual state-level estimates for total energy consumption, prices, and expenditures.

Monthly Natural Gas Gross Production Report

May 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.

Monthly Biodiesel Production Report

May 30, 2014
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released new data today showing national and regional monthly biodiesel production for March 2014. In addition to biodiesel production, data included producer sales, producer stocks, and feedstock inputs.

Privately owned generators play a growing role in Mexico's electricity supply

May 30, 2014
In Mexico, most of the electric capacity is owned and operated by the government's Comisión Federal de Electricidad. Two decades ago, that percentage was close to 100%, but a set of constitutional amendments in 1992 worked to liberalize the Mexican electricity market over time. This legislation opened the operation of electric capacity to the private sector and led to the growth of privately owned capacity additions from independent power producers and industrial facilities.

U.S. Crude Oil Production Forecast-Analysis of Crude Types

May 29, 2014
This paper provides a short-term forecast of domestic production by crude type, supplementing the overall production forecast provided in STEO. Forecasts of production by crude type matter for several reasons. First, U.S. crude streams vary widely in quality. Second, the economics surrounding various options for the domestic use of additional domestic oil production are directly dependent on crude quality characteristics. Third, actual or potential export values also vary significantly with quality characteristics.

Petroleum Supply Monthly

May 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.

Company Level Imports

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

Working and Net Available Shell Storage Capacity

May 29, 2014
Working and Net Available Shell Storage Capacity as of March 31, 2014 is the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) report containing semi-annual storage capacity data. It includes three tables detailing working and net available shell storage capacity by facility type, product, and PAD District as of March 31, 2014.

Mexico's energy ministry projects rapid near-term growth of natural gas imports from U.S.

May 29, 2014
A combination of higher natural gas demand from Mexico's industrial and electric power sectors and increased U.S. natural gas production has caused U.S. pipeline exports of natural gas to Mexico to double between 2009 and 2013. Mexico's national energy ministry, SENER, projects that U.S. pipeline exports to Mexico will reach 3.8 Bcf/d in 2018, nearly double the 2013 level of 1.8 Bcf/d.

2013 Energy Flows

May 28, 2014
Energy flow diagrams with data for 2013 for total energy, petroleum, natural gas, coal, and electricity. The total energy flow shows that domestic production of fossil fuels was 64.1 quadrillion Btu, accounting for 59 percent of total U.S. energy supply.

Monthly Energy Review

May 28, 2014
The U.S. Energy Information Administration's most comprehensive report on recent integrated energy statistics. EIA is also updating its Primary Energy Consumption by Source and Sector chart and energy flow diagrams for total energy, petroleum, natural gas, coal, and electricity with data for 2013. Among other things, the flows show that domestic production of fossil fuels was 64.1 quadrillion Btu, accounting for 60 percent of total U.S. energy supply.

U.S. Natural Gas Imports & Exports 2013

May 28, 2014
U.S. net imports of natural gas into the United States fell 14% in 2013, continuing a decline that began in 2007. Robust natural gas production in the United States likely displaced imports, which decreased by 8% in 2013 to 2,883 Bcf. Based on preliminary data for 2013, domestic dry natural gas production increased by 1% to 24,282 billion cubic feet (Bcf), a new record. Abundant production of natural gas helped reduce U.S. reliance on foreign natural gas and helped maintain a high price differential between domestic and foreign markets outside of North America, increasing interest in the potential export of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG).

U.S. petroleum product exports to Mexico rise while Mexican crude exports to the U.S. fall

May 28, 2014
The United States imported 850,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) of crude oil from Mexico in 2013, the lowest volume since 1993. In the past decade, U.S. crude oil imports from Mexico fell 47%, primarily as a result of declining production of crude oil in Mexico. Despite the decline, Mexico was the third largest source of crude oil imports to the United States in 2013, behind Canada and Saudi Arabia.

Mexico’s energy reform seeks to reverse decline in oil production

May 27, 2014
In late 2013, Mexico's congress approved historic legislation that altered the 1938 ban on private sector participation in the Mexican energy sector. These reforms, that end the 75-year monopoly of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and allow for greater foreign investment, are the first to include constitutional change, and promise to address many of the challenges that have resulted in a decade-long decline in Mexico's oil production.

Monthly Biodiesel Production Report

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

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