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Iraq Country Analysis Brief

Apr 28, 2016
Iraq is OPEC’s second-largest crude oil producer and holds the fifth-largest proved crude oil reserves in the world. In 2015, Iraq’s production increased by almost 700,000 b/d compared with the production level in 2014, representing the largest year-over-year increase since Iraq’s production recovery in 2004, following the start of the Iraq war.

Power sector coal demand has fallen in nearly every state since 2007

Apr 28, 2016
Consumption of steam coal used for electricity generation in the U.S. electric power sector fell 29% from its peak of 1,045 million short tons (MMst) in 2007 to an estimated 739 MMst in 2015. Consumption fell in nearly every state, rising only in Nebraska and Alaska over that period. States with the largest declines were concentrated in the Midwest and Southeast, with six states in these regions accounting for nearly half of the national decline. Smaller declines in power sector coal consumption occurred in Wyoming, North Dakota, and Montana, all in the Rocky Mountain region.

Logistical challenges result in ship-to-ship transfers of U.S. propane exports

Apr 27, 2016
U.S. propane exports have increased significantly over the past three years, but only after market participants worked to overcome several challenges in transporting propane to export customers. After largely overcoming the first challenge of building sufficient export capacity, the next challenge involves economically transporting large quantities of propane over long distances. The current, although likely temporary, solution has resulted in import and export data abnormalities affecting U.S. propane exports to Asian countries.

Monthly Energy Review

Apr 26, 2016
EIA's most comprehensive report on recent and historical integrated energy statistics. Preliminary data indicate that, in January 2016, U.S. net imports of energy equaled 1.0 quadrillion Btu, a 7% increase from January 2015.

Canada expects lower natural gas exports to U.S., higher LNG exports to other countries

Apr 26, 2016
In its recent publication Canada's Energy Future (CEF), Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) projects that both Canada's natural gas production and its domestic natural gas consumption will increase through the next decade. With exports of natural gas by pipeline to the United States expected to continue declining, the planned construction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals on Canada's western coast, which would send LNG exports to Asian markets by 2019, plays a key role in maintaining Canada's overall natural gas exports close to their current level.

Strong El Niño helps reduce U.S. winter heating demand and fuel prices

Apr 25, 2016
Above-normal temperatures during the 2015-16 winter were a key factor in lowering heating demand and winter fuel expenditures. Compared with the 2014-15 winter, propane and heating oil demand decreased 16% and 45%, respectively, and residential electricity demand decreased by 6%. The 2015-16 winter season (October to March) was 15% warmer than last winter, driven in part by one of the strongest El Niño events in decades.

Higher Oregon renewable portfolio standard targets likely to boost wind power

Apr 22, 2016
Oregon recently enacted legislation that requires two large investor-owned utilities operating in the state to generate 50% of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2040. The law also requires these utilities to phase out electricity from coal by 2030. With this step, Oregon joins Hawaii, Vermont, and California in having the highest renewable portfolio standard (RPS) targets in the country.

Wind generation growth slowed in 2015 as wind speeds declined in key regions

Apr 21, 2016
U.S. wind generation grew by 5.1% in 2015, the smallest annual increase since at least 1999, as weather patterns in the Western half of the United States lowered wind speeds and dampened wind generation during the first half of the year. The same weather patterns resulted in stronger winds in the central part of the country, where wind generation growth in 2015 was most pronounced.

Prime Supplier Report

Apr 21, 2016
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through February 2016 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.

Expected decrease in Lower 48 oil production is partially offset by rising GOM output

Apr 20, 2016
In response to continued low prices, onshore crude oil production in the Lower 48 states is expected to decline from an average 7.41 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2015 to 6.46 million b/d in 2016 and to 5.76 million b/d in 2017. Increased production from the federal Gulf of Mexico is not enough to offset those declines, with total U.S. production falling from 9.43 million b/d in 2015 to 8.04 million b/d in 2017.

State taxes on gasoline and diesel average 27 cents per gallon

Apr 19, 2016
State-level taxes and fees on gasoline in the United States averaged 26.5 cents per gallon (¢/gal) as of January 1, 2016. These taxes and fees ranged from a low of 8.95¢/gal in Alaska to a high of 51.4¢/gal in Pennsylvania, and are in addition to the federal tax of 18.4¢/gal. State taxes on diesel are slightly higher—averaging 27.4¢/gal, and ranging from 8.95¢/gal in Alaska to 65.1¢/gal in Pennsylvania—in addition to the 24.4¢/gal federal tax.

Total U.S. energy production increases for sixth consecutive year

Apr 18, 2016
Total U.S. energy production increased for the sixth consecutive year. According to data in EIA's most recent Monthly Energy Review, energy production reached a record 89 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu), equivalent to 91% of total U.S. energy consumption. Liquid fuels production drove the increase, with an 8% increase for crude oil and a 9% increase for natural gas plant liquids. Natural gas production also increased 5%. These gains more than offset a 10% decline in coal production.

State Energy Data System: Coal for 2014

Apr 15, 2016
Annual state-level estimates of coal consumption, prices, and expenditures.

U.S. natural gas production reaches record high in 2015

Apr 15, 2016
U.S. natural gas production reached a record high level of 79 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2015, an increase of 5% from the previous year, even as natural gas prices remained relatively low. Production from five states—Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and North Dakota—was responsible for most of this growth, offsetting declines in much of the rest of the United States.

Natural gas storage ends winter heating season at record high

Apr 14, 2016
Working natural gas inventories ended the winter heating season at 2,478 billion cubic feet (Bcf), exceeding the previous end-of-March record high of 2,473 Bcf, set in 2012, according to EIA's Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report. Inventory withdrawals during the traditional heating season (November through March) were relatively limited this year because of winter weather that was the warmest on record and continued high levels of domestic natural gas production.

Retail gasoline prices this summer expected to be lowest since 2004

Apr 13, 2016
The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts that U.S. drivers will pay an average of $2.04 per gallon (gal) this summer for regular gasoline, according to EIA's Short-Term Energy and Summer Fuels Outlook. The forecast price for summer 2016 is 59 cents/gal lower than the average price last summer, and it would be the lowest average summer price since 2004. Monthly average gasoline prices are expected to increase to $2.08/gal in June, then fall to $1.93/gal in September.

Short-Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report

Apr 12, 2016
After increasing at the start of March, crude oil prices stabilized and traded within a relatively narrow range through the first week of April. The North Sea Brent front month futures price rose $2.62 per barrel (b) from March 1 to settle at $39.43/b on April 7 (Figure 1). The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) front month futures price rose $2.86/b and settled at $37.26 over the same period.

Short-Term Energy Outlook

Apr 12, 2016
During the 2016 April-through-September summer driving season, U.S. regular gasoline retail prices are forecast to average $2.04/gallon (gal), compared with $2.63/gal last summer (see EIA Summer Fuels Outlook presentation). For all of 2016, the forecast average price is $1.94/gal, which if realized would save the average U.S. household about $350 on gasoline in 2016 compared with 2015, with annual average motor fuel expenditures at the lowest level in 12 years.

Canada provides record-high share and amount of U.S. crude oil imports in 2015

Apr 12, 2016
Although total U.S. crude oil imports in 2015 continued to be lower than levels reached during the mid-2000s, imports from the United States' top foreign oil supplier—Canada—were the highest on record, according to annual trade data from EIA's Petroleum Supply Monthly. Canada provided 4 out of every 10 barrels of oil imported into the United States in 2015.

Drilling Productivity Report

Apr 11, 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.

U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel imports increase 61% in 2015

Apr 11, 2016
After reaching its highest level to date in 2013, U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel fuel (both biodiesel and renewable diesel) fell in 2014 amid uncertainty surrounding future Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) targets and the elimination of the biodiesel blender's tax credit. As higher targets for biomass-based diesel were finalized in 2015, U.S. imports of biodiesel and renewable diesel increased by 61% in 2015 to reach 538 million gallons.

Annual Coal Distribution Report 2014

Apr 8, 2016
The Annual Coal Distribution Report provides detailed information on U.S. domestic coal distribution for 2014 excluding waste coal and imports by coal origin state, destination state, mode of transportation, and coal consuming sector. Also, the report provides a summary of foreign coal distribution by coal-exporting state. All data for 2014 are final and this report supersedes the data published in all quarterly coal distribution reports during 2014.

Waste-to-energy electricity generation concentrated in Florida and Northeast

Apr 8, 2016
At the end of 2015, the United States had 71 waste-to-energy (WTE) plants that generated electricity in 20 U.S. states, with a total generating capacity of 2.3 gigawatts. Florida contains more than one-fifth of the nation's WTE electricity generation capacity, and in 2015, Florida's Palm Beach Renewable Energy Facility Number 2 became the first new WTE plant to come online since 1995 and the largest single WTE electricity generator in the United States.

EIA tracks monthly ethanol and biodiesel rail movements

Apr 7, 2016
EIA recently released new information on ethanol and biodiesel movements by rail. The new monthly estimates are integrated with EIA's existing Petroleum Supply Monthly and include movements beginning in January 2014. Unlike other liquid fuels that are most commonly transported by pipeline, ethanol and biodiesel are more often transported by rail because both fuels attract water and other impurities in pipelines.

Engine design trends lead to increased demand for higher-octane gasoline

Apr 6, 2016
Since 2013, the share of premium gasoline in total motor gasoline sales has steadily increased to 11.3% in August and September 2015, the highest share in more than a decade.

Quarterly Coal Report (Abbreviated), October – December 2015

Apr 5, 2016
U.S. coal production during fourth quarter 2015 totaled 207.4 million short tons. This was 12.6% lower than the previous quarter and 18.2% lower than fourth quarter 2014. Fourth quarter 2015 U.S. coal exports (15.3 million short tons) decreased 9.5% from third quarter 2015 and decreased 31.3% from fourth quarter 2014. U.S. coal imports in third quarter 2015 decreased to 2.7 million short tons from 3.0 million short tons in third quarter 2015. All data for 2014 and prior years are final. All data for 2015 are preliminary.

Mild weather, ample natural gas supply curb Northeast winter power and natural gas prices

Apr 5, 2016
Wholesale natural gas and power prices in the Northeast United States remained relatively low this winter, absent the large spikes that have occurred during recent winters. A combination of increased deliveries of liquefied natural gas (LNG) into the region, a fuel adequacy winter reliability program, and the warmest winter on record helped to keep prices low and stable.

U.S. Movements of Crude Oil By Rail

Apr 4, 2016
Monthly data on rail movements of crude oil have been updated for January 2016. Crude oil movements by rail have significantly increased over the past five years. The new data on crude-by-rail (CBR) movements are also fully integrated with EIA’s existing monthly petroleum supply statistics, which already include crude oil movements by pipeline, tanker, and barge.

Petroleum Supply Monthly

Apr 4, 2016
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. Starting with this release of January 2016 data, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) included new data on ethanol and biodiesel transported by railroads. EIA now reports monthly rail movements for crude oil, ethanol, and biodiesel.

Company Level Imports

Apr 4, 2016
Imports data at the company level collected from the EIA-814 Monthly Imports Report.

Monthly Biodiesel Production Report

Apr 4, 2016
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released new data today showing national and regional monthly biodiesel production for January 2016. In addition to biodiesel production, data included producer sales, producer stocks, and feedstock inputs.

Average utilization for natural gas combined-cycle plants exceeded coal plants in 2015

Apr 4, 2016
Last year marked the first time on record that the average capacity factor of natural gas combined-cycle plants exceeded that of coal steam plants. The power industry has been running natural gas combined-cycle generating units at much higher rates than just 10 years ago, while the utilization of the capacity at coal steam power plants has declined.

Petroleum Marketing Monthly

Apr 1, 2016
The April 2016 Petroleum Marketing Monthly (PMM), with data through January 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, final 2015 annual averages are available for finished petroleum products in Tables 2 through 17. Preliminary monthly data show prices for crude oil and finished petroleum products continued to decline in January, while Prime Supplier data show sales of gasoline and No. 2 distillates fell from December levels. Also, updated state motor fuels tax information is available on the PMM website.

Ethane production expected to increase as petrochemical consumption and exports expand

Apr 1, 2016
Ethane production is expected to increase from 1.1 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2015 to 1.4 million b/d in 2017, accounting for two-thirds of total U.S. hydrocarbon gas liquid (HGL) production growth. Ethane, a key feedstock for petrochemical manufacturing, is recovered from raw natural gas at natural gas processing plants.

Natural Gas Monthly

Mar 31, 2016
• In January, for the third straight year, dry natural gas production was the highest for the month since EIA began reporting dry natural gas production data in 1973. Preliminary dry natural gas production for January 2016 was 2,301 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or 74.2 Bcf/day. This level was a 1.1 Bcf/day (1.5%) increase from January 2015 production of 73.1 Bcf/day. • Preliminary dry natural gas consumption for January 2016 was 3,135 Bcf, or 101.1 Bcf/day. This was an increase of 0.2% from 3,130 Bcf in January 2015, or 0.2 Bcf/day. • Year-over-year total consumption of dry natural gas in January decreased in two of the four consuming sectors, and increased in the other two. Deliveries of natural gas by consuming sector in January 2016 were as follows: o Residential deliveries were 890 Bcf, or 28.7 Bcf/day, down 4.9% from 30.2 Bcf/day in January 2015. o Commercial deliveries were 510 Bcf, or 16.5 Bcf/day, down 4.1% from 17.2 Bcf/day in January 2015. o Industrial deliveries were 723 Bcf, or 23.3 Bcf/day, up 1.0% from 23.1 Bcf/day in January 2015. o Electric power deliveries were 777 Bcf, or 25.1 Bcf/day, up 8.8% from 23.0 Bcf/day in January 2015.

Australia's Gorgon, one of the world's largest LNG terminals, ships first cargo

Mar 31, 2016
Australia's Gorgon project, one of the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in the world, shipped its first cargo last week to Japan. Located on Barrow Island off the coast of northwestern Australia, the project includes a domestic natural gas plant, a carbon dioxide injection project, and an LNG export facility. Its three liquefaction units, also known as trains, have a combined capacity of 2.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d).

Monthly Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production

Mar 31, 2016
These monthly production estimates are based on data from the EIA-914, Monthly Crude Oil, Lease Condensate, and Natural Gas Production Report. Beginning in January 2015, ten states were added to the EIA-914, bringing to 16 the number of states/areas with individual coverage, and crude oil production estimates were introduced. Estimates based on the EIA-914 are now provided for Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming, and the Federal Gulf of Mexico. For natural gas, production for the remaining producing states (except Alaska) is reported in a single “Other states” entry. For crude oil, production from states/areas not individually covered in the EIA-914 is based on EIA’s previous estimation methodology. A document detailing EIA’s sampling and estimation methodology is available in the "Additional data and methodology" section at the right.

EIA report shows decline in cost of U.S. oil and gas wells since 2012

Mar 30, 2016
The profitability of oil and natural gas development activity depends on both the prices realized by producers and the cost and productivity of newly developed wells. Overall trends in well development costs are generally less transparent than price and productivity trends, which are readily observable in the markets or through analyses of well productivity trends such as EIA's monthly Drilling Productivity Report.


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