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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.

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.

Russia looks beyond West Siberia for future oil and natural gas growth

Sep 19, 2014
Russia was the world's largest producer of crude oil (including lease condensate) and the world's second-largest producer of dry natural gas in 2013. Most of Russia's crude oil and natural gas production occurs in West Siberia, a part of central Russia that stretches from the northern border of Kazakhstan to the Arctic Ocean. However, new technologies, growing Asian markets, and Western sanctions have the potential to shift the regional balance of Russian oil and natural gas production in the long term.

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auction prices continue to rise

Sep 18, 2014
September 3 marked the 25th auction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emission allowances by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade program covering nine states primarily in the northeastern United States. Allowance prices for this auction were $4.88, marking the third consecutive auction that prices were at or above $4 per short ton of CO2.

State Energy Profiles: New Data for June and July 2014

Sep 18, 2014
New monthly data are available for electricity, petroleum, and natural gas series.

East China Sea Regional Analysis Brief

Sep 17, 2014
The East China Sea is a semi-closed sea bordered by the Yellow Sea to the north, the South China Sea and Taiwan to the south, Japan's Ryukyu and Kyushu islands to the east and the Chinese mainland to the west. Studies identifying potentially abundant oil and natural gas deposits have made the sea a source of contention between Japan and China, the two largest energy consumers in Asia. Both countries are interested in extracting hydrocarbon resources, particularly natural gas, from the East China Sea to help meet domestic demand. However, the unresolved territorial disputes and limited evidence thus far of hydrocarbon reserves make it unlikely that the region will become a major new source of hydrocarbon production.

Panama Canal expansion will allow transit of larger ships with greater volumes

Sep 17, 2014
Ships carrying crude oil and petroleum products are limited by size restrictions imposed by several of the main thoroughfares of maritime navigation: the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal, and the Strait of Malacca. These size restrictions provide another way to classify the large tankers that carry most of global crude oil and petroleum product trade.

Oil tanker sizes range from general purpose to ultra-large crude carriers on AFRA scale

Sep 16, 2014
The global crude oil and refined product tanker fleet uses a classification system to standardize contract terms, establish shipping costs, and determine the ability of ships to travel into ports or through certain straits and channels. This system, known as the Average Freight Rate Assessment system, was created by Royal Dutch Shell six decades ago, and is overseen by the London Tanker Brokers' Panel, an independent group of shipping brokers.

New petroleum technology revitalizes Powder River Basin oil production

Sep 15, 2014
The Powder River Basin, well-known for its abundant coal supply, is experiencing a turnaround in oil production. Production has rebounded from a low of 38,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2009 to 78,000 bbl/d during first-quarter 2014. Although U.S. oil production growth is occurring primarily in the Bakken, Eagle Ford, and Permian Basins, the Powder River Basin is among other regions of the country that have also benefitted from the application of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

Natural gas storage deficit to five-year average continues to narrow

Sep 12, 2014
Storage injections have continued to outpace the five-year (2009-13) average this summer, with inventories as of September 5 at 2,801 billion cubic feet, according to data from the Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report. The winter of 2013-14 led to a large drawdown in inventories, with stocks ending March 2014 almost 1 trillion cubic feet lower than the five-year average and at their lowest end-March level since 2003. Relatively higher weekly net injections into storage reduced that deficit to 463 Bcf as of September 5.

Despite decline in some regions, world oil consumption still seen rising

Sep 11, 2014
The largest potential for growth in demand for liquid fuels lies in the emerging economies of China, India, and countries in the Middle East, according to EIA's recently released International Energy Outlook 2014. In the Reference case projection, world liquid fuels consumption increases 38% from 87 million barrels per day (MMbbl/d) in 2010 to 119 MMbbl/d in 2040. China, India, and other developing countries in Asia account for 72% of the net world increase in liquid fuels consumption, with Middle East consumers accounting for another 13%. Most liquid fuel demand is for industrial uses and transportation.

EIA's forecast of 2014 gasoline use has risen 2 billion gallons (1.6%) in past 10 months

Sep 10, 2014
EIA's short-term forecasts of gasoline consumption, which cover the current and upcoming calendar year, have risen over the past year. The latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), released yesterday, expects 2014 gasoline consumption to be 8.82 million barrels per day (135.2 billion gallons), 0.13 million barrels per day (2 billion gallons) higher than last November's forecast, which was close to the average 2014 consumption forecast across the 12 editions of STEO published in 2013.

Saudi Arabia Country Analysis Brief

Sep 10, 2014
Saudi Arabia is the largest exporter and the second-largest producer of total petroleum liquids in the world. Total petroleum liquids production declined in 2013, the first decline since 2009, due to a decrease in crude oil production. Saudi Arabia has the fifth-largest natural gas reserves, but natural gas production remains limited. The country has plans to not only increase natural gas production in the future but to also diversify its power generation sources.

Short-Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report

Sep 9, 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.

International Energy Outlook 2014

Sep 9, 2014
World petroleum and other liquid fuels consumption will increase 38% by 2040, spurred by increased demand in the developing Asia and Middle East, according to projections in International Energy Outlook 2014 (IEO2014), released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Short-Term Energy Outlook

Sep 9, 2014
Driven in large part by falling crude oil prices, U.S. regular gasoline retail prices fell to an average of $3.49/per gallon (gal) in August, 12 cents below the July average and 21 cents below the average in June.

Natural gas, solar, and wind led power plant capacity additions in the first half of 2014

Sep 9, 2014
In the first six months of 2014, 4,350 megawatts (MW) of new utility-scale generating capacity came online, according to preliminary data from EIA's Electric Power Monthly. Natural gas plants, almost all combined-cycle plants, made up more than half of the additions, while solar plants contributed more than a quarter and wind plants around one-sixth.

Drilling Productivity Report

Sep 8, 2014
The Utica Region in eastern Ohio, one of the fastest growing natural gas production areas in the United States, has been added to the Drilling Productivity Report (DPR). Total natural gas production in the Utica Region, which includes production from the Utica and Point Pleasant formations as well as legacy production from conventional reservoirs, has increased from 155 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) in January 2012 to an estimated 1.5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in October 2014.

Geothermal resources used to produce renewable electricity in western states

Sep 8, 2014
Geothermal energy has been a small, but consistent, source of electricity in the United States since 1971, providing 0.4% of total U.S. generation in 2013. California is the site of most U.S. geothermal capacity, but since 2001 new geothermal capacity additions have increasingly been located in other western states as most low-cost resources in California have been developed.

Commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant opens

Sep 5, 2014
On September 3, a joint venture company called POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels held the grand opening of its Project Liberty cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The plant is the first of three commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol facilities under development in the Midwest that convert corn stover (corn cobs, leaves, husk, and stalk) into ethanol.

Four states supply domestic uranium concentrate in 2013

Sep 4, 2014
Although most of the uranium used in domestic nuclear power plants is imported, domestic uranium processing facilities still provide sizeable volumes of uranium concentrate to U.S. nuclear power plants. In 2013, uranium concentrate was produced at seven facilities in four states. Wyoming accounted for most domestic production, followed by Utah, Nebraska, and Texas, according to the World Nuclear Association.

Sudan and South Sudan Country Analysis Brief

Sep 3, 2014
South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in July 2011. Most of the oil production capacity is now in South Sudan, but the country is landlocked and remains dependent on Sudan because it must use Sudan's export pipelines and port. Disagreements over oil revenue sharing and armed conflict have curtailed oil production in both countries over the past few years. For the first half of 2014, Sudan and South Sudan's oil production averaged 260,000 barrels per day (bbl/d), down from almost 490,000 bbl/d in 2010.

Electricity transmission investments vary by region

Sep 3, 2014
Investment in new transmission infrastructure in the United States by investor-owned utilities has increased substantially over the past 15 years, but varies significantly across regions. Investor-owned utilities have added new transmission for several reasons.

Petroleum Supply Annual, Volume 2

Sep 2, 2014
Final monthly statistics for the supply and disposition of crude oil and petroleum products.

Petroleum Marketing Monthly

Sep 2, 2014
The September 2014 Petroleum Marketing Monthly, with data through June 2014, presents monthly and annual price and volume statistics covering crude oil and refined products sales in the United States. The preliminary June data show crude oil prices rising in all sales categories. Refiner gasoline prices increased, while No. 2 distillate prices continued to decline. U.S-level Prime Supplier data show gasoline sales fell slightly month-on-month, while ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel sales continued to rise.

Petroleum Supply Annual, Volume 1

Sep 2, 2014
Final annual data for the supply and disposition of crude oil and petroleum products.

Petroleum Supply Monthly

Sep 2, 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

Sep 2, 2014
Imports data at the company level collected from the EIA-814 Monthly Imports Report.

Residential electricity prices are rising

Sep 2, 2014
U.S. retail residential electricity prices for the first half of 2014 averaged 12.3 cents per kilowatthour, an increase of 3.2% from the same period last year. This is the highest year-over-year growth in residential prices for the first half of the year since 2009. Average prices rose in all areas of the country except for the Pacific Census Division (excluding Alaska and Hawaii).

Natural Gas Monthly

Aug 29, 2014
The August Natural Gas Monthly, with data through June 2014, has been released. • Preliminary dry gas production for June 2014 of 2,106 billion cubic feet (Bcf) or 70.2 Bcf/day. This is the fourth consecutive month where the Bcf/day dry production value set the record for the highest ever for any month. June’s 70.2 Bcf/day is a slight increase from May’s revised 69.9 Bcf/day. • Preliminary total consumption for June 2014 is 1,745 Bcf or 58.2 Bcf per day, remaining steady from May. This represents an increase of less than 1% from last June’s 1,732 Bcf or 57.7 Bcf/day, and is the second highest on record for the month. • Deliveries to residential consumers for June 2014 (125 Bcf or 4.2 Bcf/day) are the second lowest on record for the month; commercial deliveries (140 Bcf or 4.7 Bcf/day) are the highest for June since 2002; industrial deliveries (586 Bcf or 19.5 Bcf/day) are also the highest for the month since 2002; and electric power deliveries for June (719 Bcf or 24.0 Bcf/day) are down 2% from June 2013.

Monthly Natural Gas Gross Production Report

Aug 29, 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.

U.S. retail gasoline prices fall as Labor Day approaches

Aug 29, 2014
The U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline was $3.45/gallon (gal) on August 25, the lowest price on the Monday before Labor Day since 2010. The average price at the pump is now $0.25/gal lower than it was at the end of June. Lower North Sea Brent crude oil prices are the main driver of the decline in gasoline prices; the current Brent price is lower than it was last month, and lower than Labor Day weekend last year.

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