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Crude oil prices down sharply in fourth quarter of 2014

Jan 6, 2015
Crude oil prices fell sharply in the fourth quarter of 2014 as robust global production exceeded demand. After reaching monthly peaks of $112 per barrel (bbl) and $105/bbl in June, crude oil benchmarks Brent and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) fell to $62/bbl and $59/bbl in December, respectively.

Energy had larger price declines than most nonenergy commodities in 2014

Jan 5, 2015
The first eight months of 2014 were much like 2013, as energy commodities remained in a relatively stable price range. During the last four months of 2014, however, crude oil and petroleum product prices fell dramatically, and ended the year with the largest price drops of all major commodities in the S&P Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (GSCI).

Petroleum Marketing Monthly

Jan 2, 2015
The January 2015 Petroleum Marketing Monthly (PMM), with data through October 2014, presents monthly and annual price and volume statistics covering crude oil and refined products sales in the United States. Preliminary October data show prices for crude oil and finished petroleum products fell considerable from September levels. U.S.-level Prime Supplier data show sales of the surveyed products increased month-on-month.

Natural Gas Monthly

Dec 31, 2014
• Preliminary dry gas production for October 2014 is 2,239 billion cubic feet (Bcf) or 72.2 Bcf/day. This sets the record for the highest dry production value in Bcf/day for the eighth consecutive month. October’s 72.2 Bcf/day is a .5 Bcf/day increase from September's revised 71.7 Bcf/day, and a 6.8% increase from last October’s 67.6 Bcf/day. • Preliminary total consumption for October 2014 is 1,940 Bcf or 62.6 Bcf/day, the highest on record for the month, an increase of 3.9% from last October's 1,867 Bcf or 60.2 Bcf/day. • Electric power consumption drove the total consumption increase; deliveries to residential consumers for October 2014 are 212 Bcf or 6.8 Bcf/day (a 5% decrease from last October); commercial deliveries are 203 Bcf or 6.5 Bcf/day (a 1% decrease from last October); industrial deliveries are 611 Bcf or 19.7 Bcf/day (even with last October); and electric power deliveries are 702 Bcf or 22.6 Bcf/day (a 10% increase from last October).

Monthly Natural Gas Gross Production Report

Dec 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.

Company Level Imports

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

Petroleum Supply Monthly

Dec 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.

Brazil Country Analysis Brief

Dec 29, 2014
Increasing shares of Brazil’s forecasted oil and natural gas production will come from hydrocarbons found in its presalt layer.

Electric Power Monthly

Dec 23, 2014
Data in the December 2014 Electric Power Monthly (EPM ) are for October 2014, during which net generation in the United States fell 0.2 percent from the October 2013 level. Consumption of coal for power generation fell 7.5 percent compared to October 2013. The average retail price of electricity for October 2014 was up 3.4 percent from what it had been in October 2013.

Monthly Energy Review

Dec 23, 2014
EIA's most comprehensive report on recent integrated energy statistics. Preliminary data indicate that, in September 2014, primary energy consumption in the U.S. electric power sector equaled 3.2 quadrillion Btu, a 1% decrease from September 2013.

Prime Supplier Report

Dec 22, 2014
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through October 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.

State Energy Profiles: New Data for September and October 2014, and Updated Information on Two States

Dec 19, 2014
New monthly data are available for electricity, natural gas, and coal series. In addition, the Quick Facts and analytical narratives for North Dakota and South Dakota have been updated, and information about energy on tribal lands has been added for those states. New annual data for 2013 are also available for three series on fossil fuel reserves for the states, and new annual data for 2012 are now available for four series for the U.S. territories covering emissions from fossil fuels.

State Energy Data System: Motor Gasoline, Fuel Ethanol, and Aviation Gasoline for 2013

Dec 19, 2014
Annual state-level estimates of motor gasoline and aviation gasoline consumption, prices, and expenditures and fuel ethanol consumption for 2013.

Power sector employment declines, except for renewable electricity generators

Dec 19, 2014
The electric power generation sector lost more than 5,800 jobs from January 2011 through June 2014 despite a gain of nearly 1,800 non-hydro renewable electricity generation jobs, according to the latest data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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

Dec 18, 2014
The 18th 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.”

Wind power capacity additions expected to increase in last quarter of 2014

Dec 18, 2014
On December 16, the Senate approved a bill (already passed by the House of Representatives on December 3) that retroactively extends the federal production tax credit (PTC) for wind plants, which had previously expired at the end of 2013. However, because of timing, this extension is unlikely to spur significant additional wind development activity beyond what installers had already planned.

OPEC net oil export revenues expected to fall in 2014 and 2015

Dec 17, 2014
Based on crude oil market assessments in the Short-Term Energy Outlook, EIA estimates that members of OPEC, excluding Iran, will earn about $700 billion in net oil export revenues in 2014, a 14% decrease from 2013 earnings and the lowest earnings for the group since 2010. OPEC earnings declined in 2014 largely for two reasons: decreases in the amount of OPEC oil exports and lower oil prices, with the 2014 average for Brent crude oil projected to be 8% below the average 2013 price.

U.S. household gasoline expenditures in 2015 on track to be the lowest in 11 years

Dec 16, 2014
The average U.S. household is expected to spend about $550 less on gasoline in 2015 compared with 2014, as annual motor fuel expenditures are on track to fall to their lowest level in 11 years. Lower fuel expenditures are attributable to a combination of falling retail gasoline prices and more fuel-efficient cars and trucks that reduce the number of gallons used to travel a given distance.

Gasoline prices tend to have little effect on demand for car travel

Dec 15, 2014
The U.S. average retail price per gallon of regular motor gasoline has fallen 28% from its 2014 peak of $3.70 per gallon on June 23, to $2.68 per gallon on December 8. However, this price decline may not have much effect on automobile travel, and in turn, gasoline consumption. Gasoline is a relatively inelastic product, meaning changes in prices have little influence on demand.

EIA responds to Nature article on shale gas projections

Dec 15, 2014
EIA has responded to a December 4, 2014 Nature article on projections of shale gas production made by EIA and by the Bureau of Economic Geology of the University of Texas at Austin (BEG/UT) with a letter to the editors of Nature. BEG/UT has also responded to the article in their own letter to the editor.

Annual Coal Distribution Report 2013

Dec 12, 2014
The Annual Coal Distribution Report (ACDR) provides detailed information on U.S. domestic coal distribution for 2013 excluding waste coal and imports by coal origin state, destination state, mode of transportation, and coal consuming sector. All data for 2013 are final except for the electric power sector, and this report supersedes the data published in all quarterly reports during 2013. Electric power sector data for 2013 are preliminary.

Despite lower crude oil prices, U.S. crude oil production expected to grow in 2015

Dec 12, 2014
The recent decline in crude oil prices has created the potential for weaker crude oil production. EIA's Drilling Productivity Report includes indicators that provide details on the effect low prices may have on tight oil production, which accounts for 56% of total U.S. oil production. Analyzing these indicators and the changes in oil production following the drop in crude oil prices during the 2008-09 recession may offer some insight into possible near-term oil production trends.

Several states are adding or increasing incentives for electric vehicle charging stations

Dec 11, 2014
During the past few years, several models of plug-in electric vehicles, including battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, have been introduced in the light-duty vehicle market. Electric vehicles are limited by driving range, which is related to battery capacity, and can usually travel between 60 and 200 miles before recharging. Therefore, charging infrastructure is crucial to the success of these kinds of vehicles.

California leads the nation in the adoption of electric vehicles

Dec 10, 2014
In 2013, there were about 70,000 battery electric vehicles and 104,000 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles—small numbers compared to around 226 million registered vehicles in the United States. Total U.S. sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) have increased in recent years, but still represent only about 0.7% of new vehicle sales in 2014 so far, up from 0.6% in 2013 and 0.4% in 2012.

Increased solar and wind electricity generation in California are changing net load shapes

Dec 9, 2014
As more solar and wind electric generating capacity is added in California, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the electric grid operator for most of the state, is facing an increasingly different net load shape. Net load—the total electric demand in the system minus wind and solar generation—represents the demand that CAISO must meet with other, dispatchable sources such as natural gas, hydropower, and imported electricity from outside the system.

Short-Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report

Dec 9, 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

Dec 9, 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.

Drilling Productivity Report

Dec 8, 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.

Almost all U.S. nuclear plants require life extension past 60 years to operate beyond 2050

Dec 8, 2014
When nuclear power plants are built, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has the authority to issue initial operating licenses for a period of 40 years. Beyond that, the reactors need license renewals, and the NRC has granted 20-year license renewals to 74 of the 100 operating reactors in the United States. These reactors may now operate for a total period of 60 years. They represent a cumulative capacity of a little more than 69,000 megawatts (MW).


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