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Monthly Energy Review

Aug 26, 2016
EIA's most comprehensive report on recent integrated energy statistics. This month’s MER features two new tables: Table 10.5, “Solar Energy Consumption,” and Table 10.6 “Solar Electricity Net Generation.” Preliminary estimates indicate that U.S. total solar energy consumption rose from 42 trillion Btu in May 2015 to 56 trillion Btu in May 2016.

OPEC members' net oil export revenue in 2015 drops to lowest level since 2004

Aug 26, 2016
Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) earned $404 billion in net oil export revenue in 2015, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates. These earnings represent a 46% decline from $753 billion earned in 2014. Although these net export earnings include Iran's revenues, the net export revenue is not adjusted for possible price discounts that Iran may have offered its customers between late 2011 and January 2016, when nuclear-related sanctions targeting Iran's oil sales were in place.

Monthly U.S. renewable electricity generation in 2016 surpasses previous years

Aug 25, 2016
Renewable electricity generation has surpassed levels from previous years in every month so far this year, based on data through June. Both hydroelectric and nonhydroelectric renewables have contributed to this trend, but in different ways. After a lengthy West Coast drought, hydro generation has increased and is now closer to historical levels. Nonhydro renewable generation continues to increase year-over-year and has exceeded hydro generation in each month since February 2016.

As Japan and South Korea import less LNG, other Asian countries begin to import more

Aug 24, 2016
Japan, South Korea, and China are the three largest importers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the world, accounting for more than half of global LNG imports in 2015.

North Carolina has more PURPA-qualifying solar facilities than any other state

Aug 23, 2016
North Carolina surpassed states with more favorable solar resources to become the state with the second-highest amount of installed utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity owned by independent power producers in 2015, behind only California.

Future U.S. tight oil and shale gas production depends on resources, technology, markets

Aug 22, 2016
Based on projections in the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016), U.S. tight oil production is expected to reach 7.08 million barrels per day (b/d), and shale gas production is expected to reach 79 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2040.

Composition of trade influences goods output, shaping industrial sector energy intensity

Aug 19, 2016
Industrial sector energy intensity is heavily influenced by the composition of goods and services, which is based on both domestic and international demand. In EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016), industrial energy intensity is expected to decline by 15% from 2015 to 2040.

State Energy Profiles: New monthly data for May and June 2016 and updated analytical narratives and Quick Facts

Aug 19, 2016
New monthly data are available for electricity, petroleum, natural gas, and coal series. In addition, analytical narratives and Quick Facts have been updated for the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Crude oil disruptions in Nigeria increase as a result of militant attacks

Aug 18, 2016
Crude oil production disruptions in Nigeria reached 750,000 barrels per day (b/d) in May 2016, the highest level since at least January 2009. The increased disruptions come as militants continue to focus attacks on oil and natural gas infrastructure in the West African region. Nigeria is a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and was Africa's largest oil producer until Angola's oil production surpassed Nigeria's earlier this year.

Quarterly Coal Distribution Report – Fourth Quarter 2015

Aug 17, 2016
Provides detailed U.S. domestic coal distribution data for October – December 2015, 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.”

Energy-related CO2 emissions from natural gas surpass coal as fuel use patterns change

Aug 17, 2016
Energy-associated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from natural gas are expected to surpass those from coal for the first time since 1972. Even though natural gas is less carbon-intensive than coal, increases in natural gas consumption and decreases in coal consumption in the past decade have resulted in natural gas-related CO2 emissions surpassing those from coal. EIA's latest Short-Term Energy Outlook projects energy-related CO2 emissions from natural gas to be 10% greater than those from coal in 2016.

U.S. crude oil exports are increasing and reaching more destinations

Aug 16, 2016
The number of countries receiving exported U.S. crude oil has risen since the removal of restrictions on exporting U.S. crude oil in December 2015. U.S. crude oil exports have occurred despite relatively small price spreads between international crude oils and domestic crude oils, as well as other factors that should reduce crude oil exports, such as falling U.S. crude oil production and added cargo export costs.

Shale gas production drives world natural gas production growth

Aug 15, 2016
In the U.S. Energy Information Administration's International Energy Outlook 2016 (IEO2016) and Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016), natural gas production worldwide is projected to increase from 342 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2015 to 554 Bcf/d by 2040. The largest component of this growth is natural gas production from shale resources, which grows from 42 Bcf/d in 2015 to 168 Bcf/d by 2040. Shale gas is expected to account for 30% of world natural gas production by the end of the forecast period.

Domestic Uranium Production Report - Quarterly

Aug 15, 2016
Second quarter 2016 update of uranium production in the United States and operating status of U.S. uranium mills and plants.

Drilling Productivity Report

Aug 15, 2016
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.

World tight oil production to more than double from 2015 to 2040

Aug 12, 2016
World tight oil production is expected to more than double between 2015 and 2040, increasing from 4.98 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2015 to 10.36 million b/d in 2040, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's International Energy Outlook 2016 (IEO2016) and Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016). Most of the projected increase will come from the United States, with much of the rest coming from countries such as Russia, Canada, and Argentina that have significant tight oil resources and existing, developed oil industries.

Hydroelectric plants account for more than 70% of Brazil’s electric generation

Aug 11, 2016
Brazil generates the third-highest amount of electricity in the Americas, behind only the United States and Canada. Hydroelectricity provides more than 70% of Brazil's generation. During the Olympic Games, electricity demand in the host city of Rio de Janeiro has risen from an influx of tourists, athletes, and event staff.

U.S. ethanol plant capacity increases for third consecutive year

Aug 10, 2016
Fuel ethanol production capacity in the United States was nearly 15 billion gallons per year, or 973,000 barrels per day (b/d), at the beginning of 2016, according to EIA's most recent U.S. Fuel Ethanol Plant Production Capacity report. Total capacity of operable ethanol plants increased by more than 500 million gallons per year in January 2016 compared with January 2015.

Short-Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report

Aug 9, 2016
Crude oil prices broke below $45/b and out of of a two-month-long trading range in July. The front-month Brent crude oil price decreased $6.06 per barrel (b) since July 1, settling at $44.29/b on August 4 (Figure 1). The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil price settled at $41.93/b, declining $7.06/b over the same time.

Short-Term Energy Outlook

Aug 9, 2016
EIA estimates that the amount of electricity generated using natural gas reached a record high during July, surpassing the previous record set in July 2015. The record natural gas-fired generation was driven by competitive economics compared with coal (despite recent natural gas price increases) and by warmer-than-normal temperatures that boosted overall electricity generation. For 2016, EIA expects natural gas to fuel 34% of electricity generation compared with 30% for coal. In 2015, natural gas was used to generate slightly less than 33% of electricity, and coal was used to generate slightly more than 33% of electricity.

Southern California natural gas inventories nearly flat this injection season

Aug 9, 2016
During the summer, when storage operators are typically injecting natural gas into storage facilities to build up inventories before the winter months, natural gas inventories in Southern California have remained nearly flat. Underground natural gas storage wells at the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) Aliso Canyon facility, by far the largest storage field in the region, are undergoing testing, following a leak that was detected in late October 2015 and stopped in February 2016.

High natural gas-fired generation leads to rare summer net national weekly storage draw

Aug 8, 2016
Working natural gas storage inventories posted a rare summer net withdrawal of 6 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ending July 29, 2016, according to EIA's Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report. Record-high consumption of natural gas for electric power generation drove this withdrawal. Although withdrawals in the summer are not unprecedented, and happen regularly in the South Central storage region, the last time a net withdrawal in July occurred on a national basis was in summer 2006.

Oil and natural gas production jobs in May were 26% lower than in October 2014

Aug 5, 2016
Despite increases in crude oil prices since the start of the year, employment in oil and natural gas extraction and support activities continued declining from levels reached in the fall of 2014, just before the onset of falling oil prices. The total rig count (including both oil-directed and natural gas-directed rigs) has declined even more sharply, from nearly 1,800 rigs in the fall of 2014 to a weekly low of 404 rigs in May 2016. Crude oil production has also declined, but to a much lesser extent than either employment or rig counts, while natural gas production has leveled off.

Levelized Cost and Levelized Avoided Cost of New Generation Resources in the Annual Energy Outlook 2016

Aug 5, 2016
This paper presents average values of levelized costs for generating technologies entering service in 2018, 2022, and 2040 as represented in the National Energy Modeling System (NEMS) for the Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016) Reference case.

Future natural gas plant liquids production depends on resources, market conditions

Aug 4, 2016
Natural gas plant liquids (NGPL) accounted for 22% of total U.S. petroleum and other liquid fuels production in 2015. In EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016) Reference case, increases in NGPL account for a significant share of total increases in petroleum and other liquid fuels production over 2015–40.

Crude-by-rail volumes to the East Coast are declining

Aug 3, 2016
Movements of crude oil by rail within the United States averaged 443,000 barrels per day (b/d) in the first five months of 2016, down 45% from the same period last year. Fewer shipments of crude oil by rail from the Midwest (PADD 2) to the East Coast (PADD 1) account for about half of the decline. Crude oil shipments by rail have generally decreased since last summer for several reasons, including narrowing price differences between domestic and imported crude oil, the opening of new crude oil pipelines, and declining domestic production in the Midwest and Gulf Coast onshore regions.

Renewables share of North America electricity mix expected to rise

Aug 2, 2016
Based on results from EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016) Reference case and International Energy Outlook 2016, EIA projects that the North American share of energy generation from renewable and nuclear energy sources will grow from 38% in 2015 to 45% in 2025. This projection assumes the Clean Power Plan (CPP) is upheld and takes effect in the United States. A recent agreement among Canada, Mexico, and the United States established a goal of 50% of electricity generation from clean energy sources by 2025

Early Release of 2015 Annual Electric Sales and Revenue Data

Aug 2, 2016
The early release of the 2015 Annual Electric Sales and Revenue Data from the 2015 Form EIA-861 contains detailed spreadsheets for electricity sales, revenue and price, as well as energy efficiency, demand response, net metering, dispersed and distributed generation, distribution circuits, distribution system reliability, balancing authority and service territory data. The data cover the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories.

New EIA website spotlights key drivers of petroleum product prices

Aug 1, 2016
The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the What Drives Petroleum Product Prices website that identifies and tracks several fundamental and financial market factors that influence spot and futures prices of gasoline and distillate, the two most consumed petroleum products in the United States. This website offers charts that highlight changes in consumption, production, inventories, and trade, mostly related to the U.S. domestic market along with some charts that include global indicators.

Petroleum Marketing Monthly

Aug 1, 2016
The August 2016 Petroleum Marketing Monthly (PMM), with data through May 2016, presents monthly and annual price and volume statistics covering crude oil and refined products sales in the United States. In this issue of the PMM, preliminary monthly data show prices for crude oil and finished petroleum products remained on an upward path in May. At the national level, Prime Supplier data show sales of gasoline were 2.8% higher than the rate seen for May 2015.

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