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Stripper wells accounted for 11% of U.S. natural gas production in 2015

Jul 28, 2016
Stripper wells, also known as marginal wells, individually produce small volumes of natural gas or oil but in total have provided 11% to 15% of total U.S. oil and natural gas production over the past decade. Natural gas stripper wells (so called because they are stripping the remaining natural gas out of the ground) are characterized as producing no more than 90,000 cubic feet per day over a 12-month period. EIA estimates that there were about 456,000 stripper gas wells in the United States operating at the end of 2015, compared with about 122,000 nonstripper gas wells.

Many industries use combined heat and power to improve energy efficiency

Jul 27, 2016
Combined heat and power (CHP) systems have long been used to reduce the overall energy intensity of industrial systems. There are two types of combined heat and power, depending on whether the system produces power first, then heat, or heat first, then power. In topping cycles, the hot exhaust of an electricity generator such as a natural gas turbine or reciprocating engine is used to provide process heat, hot water, or space heating for the site. According to preliminary 2015 data, topping cycles are used by 89% of total CHP capacity.

Monthly Energy Review

Jul 26, 2016
EIA's most comprehensive report on recent integrated energy statistics. Preliminary data indicate that, in April 2016, total energy consumption in the U.S. commercial sector equaled 1.3 quadrillion Btu, which was virtually unchanged from April 2015.

Increased drilling may slow pace of crude oil production declines

Jul 26, 2016
Higher and more stable crude oil prices are contributing to increased drilling in the United States, which may slow the pace of production declines. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices averaged $46.59 per barrel (b) over the past three weeks, a 40% increase over the average price in the first quarter of 2016. The rig count for active onshore rotary rigs in the Lower 48 states, as measured by Baker Hughes, stood at 352 rigs on July 22, 45 rigs above the number at the end of June.

Hourly information on U.S. electricity supply, demand, and flows is now available

Jul 25, 2016
The U.S. Energy Information Administration now provides hourly electricity operating data, including actual and forecast demand, net generation, and the power flowing between electric systems. EIA's U.S. Electric System Operating Data tool provides nearly real-time demand data, plus analysis and visualizations of hourly, daily, and weekly electricity supply and demand on a national and regional level for all of the 66 electric system balancing authorities that make up the U.S. electric grid.

What Drives Petroleum Product Prices

Jul 25, 2016
This new section discusses the various factors that influence the prices of gasoline and distillate fuel oil, the two most-consumed petroleum products in the United States. Charts detailing prices, consumption, production, inventories, and trade for both petroleum products will be updated each month in the Short-Term Energy Outlook.

Electric grid operators forecast load shapes to plan electricity supply

Jul 22, 2016
In the electric power sector, load shapes refer to the varying amounts of electricity required over time. Daily load shapes vary by region, climate, and time (daily, monthly, seasonally). Each day, balancing authorities—the entities charged with balancing electric supply and demand—forecast hourly electricity demand on their system for the next day.

Prime Supplier Report

Jul 22, 2016
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through May 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.

State Energy Profiles: New monthly data for March and April 2016, renewable energy data, annual data for 2014, and updated analytical narratives and Quick Facts

Jul 22, 2016
New monthly data are available for electricity, petroleum, natural gas, and coal series. The profiles feature an expanded Environment section featuring six new series covering renewable energy capacity, production, and consumption. In addition, analytical narratives and Quick Facts have been updated for Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Financial Review: First-quarter 2016

Jul 22, 2016
This analysis focuses on the financial and operating trends of 98 global oil and natural gas companies (called the energy companies).

Solar Photovoltaic Cell/Module Shipments Report

Jul 21, 2016
This report contains summary data for the photovoltaic industry in the United States. Data including manufacturing, imports, and exports of modules in the United States and its territories. Summary data include volumes in peak kilowatts and average prices. Where possible, imports and exports are listed by country, and shipments to the United States are listed by state.

Changing U.S. energy mix reflects growing use of natural gas, petroleum, and renewables

Jul 21, 2016
Primary energy consumption fell slightly in 2015 as a decline in coal use exceeded increases in natural gas, petroleum, and renewables use. In most cases, changes between 2014 and 2015 reflect longer-term trends in energy use.

U.S. electric system is made up of interconnections and balancing authorities

Jul 20, 2016
Electricity generated at power plants moves through a complex network of electricity substations, power lines, and distribution transformers before it reaches customers. In the United States, the power system consists of more than 7,300 power plants, nearly 160,000 miles of high-voltage power lines, and millions of low-voltage power lines and distribution transformers, which connect 145 million customers.

India continues developing its strategic petroleum reserve as its oil imports grow

Jul 19, 2016
In response to India's increasing reliance on petroleum imports, India plans to bring online the country's first strategic petroleum reserve (SPR). The first phase of India's SPR includes three locations (Visakhapatnam, Mangalore, and Padur) in southern India with a combined capacity of 39.1 million barrels of crude oil. The Visakhapatnam facility on the eastern coast began filling its underground caverns last summer. The Mangalore and Padur facilities are expected to be completed in late 2016, according to FACTS Global Energy.

Drilling Productivity Report

Jul 18, 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. oil companies closer to balancing capital investment with operating cash flow

Jul 18, 2016
Although the crude oil price decline since 2014 has led to significant reductions in operating cash flow for U.S. oil companies, their immediate financial situations are improving. As oil companies' spending falls and crude oil prices increase, the need for oil companies to find external sources of funding may decline, which could reduce financial strain in the coming quarters.

Several nonpowered dams along the Ohio River to be converted to hydroelectric dams in 2016

Jul 15, 2016
In 2016, nearly 300 megawatts (MW) of electricity generating capacity is expected to come online from dams that did not previously have electric generating units, commonly referred to as nonpowered dams (NPDs). NPD capacity additions make up 92% of the 320 MW of planned hydroelectric capacity for 2016.

Natural gas-fired electricity generation expected to reach record level in 2016

Jul 14, 2016
Natural gas-fired electricity generation in the United States is expected to reach a record level this year, providing an average of 3.8 million megawatthours per day in 2016, or 4% higher than in 2015. Based on EIA's latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), monthly natural gas-fired generation is expected to reach record highs in July and August, when weather-related demand for air conditioning increases electricity demand.

Retail price of regular gasoline forecast to average $2.25 per gallon this summer

Jul 13, 2016
In the July edition of the Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA forecasts that the U.S. retail price for regular gasoline will average $2.25 per gallon (gal) this summer (March through September). The forecast price for this summer is lower than the 2015 summer average of $2.63/gal, but higher than the forecast from the April 2016 Short-Term Energy and Summer Fuels Outlook. The change in the forecast since April is largely attributable to increases in crude oil prices.

Short-Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report

Jul 12, 2016
Despite some price volatility in June and early July, crude oil prices remained in a narrow trading range near recent highs. The front-month Brent crude oil price decreased $3.32 per barrel (b) since June 1, settling at $46.40/b on July 7. The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil price settled at $45.14/b, declining $3.87/b over the same time.

Short-Term Energy Outlook

Jul 12, 2016
U.S. regular gasoline retail prices this summer are forecast to average $2.25/gallon (gal), 2 cents/gal lower than forecast in last month's STEO and 39 cents/gal lower than last summer, measured as April through September. U.S. regular gasoline retail prices are forecast to average $2.12/gal in 2016 and $2.28/gal in 2017.

Global energy intensity continues to decline

Jul 12, 2016
Worldwide energy intensity, measured as energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product (GDP), decreased by nearly one-third between 1990 and 2015.

EIA projects rise in U.S. crude oil and other liquid fuels production beyond 2017

Jul 11, 2016
The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that U.S. petroleum and other liquid fuels production, which in addition to crude oil and condensate production includes natural gas plant liquids derived from natural gas processing as well as biofuels and volume gain at refineries, is projected to grow from 14.8 million barrels/day (b/d) in 2015 to 18.6 million b/d in 2040 in its Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016) Reference case.

Clean Power Plan reduces projected coal production in all major U.S. supply regions

Jul 8, 2016
U.S. coal production is projected to decline by about 26%, or 230 million tons, between 2015 and 2040 in EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016) Reference case, which assumes the implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). In a scenario that assumes the CPP is never implemented (No CPP case), U.S. coal production remains close to 2015 levels through 2040.

EIA electricity generator data show power industry response to EPA mercury limits

Jul 7, 2016
EIA recently released preliminary data from its annual survey of electric generators (EIA-860), which provides information on pollution control equipment at electric power plants. A significant amount of such equipment was recently installed in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS).

Steel industry energy consumption: Sensitivity to technology choice, fuel prices, and carbon prices

Jul 7, 2016
Steel industry energy consumption in 2010 totaled 1,158 trillion British thermal units (Btu), representing 8% of total manufacturing energy consumption. Energy consumption in the steel industry is largely for crude steel production using basic oxygen furnace (BOF) and electric arc furnace (EAF) technologies. Overall energy intensity in EAF, used primarily to melt scrap steel, is significantly lower than in BOF which is used to create virgin steel from iron ore. Over the past two decades, a shift from BOF to EAF has contributed to a substantial reduction in the energy intensity of the U.S. steel industry. From 1991 to 2010, the EAF share of total U.S. steel production in physical units increased from 38% to 61%, and the overall energy intensity of crude steel production in Btu per metric ton decreased by 37%.

Clean Power Plan implementation choices by states could affect electricity generation mix

Jul 6, 2016
In designing the Clean Power Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided states with implementation flexibility. Given the options available to states, EIA has produced several scenarios as part of an Issues in Focus analysis in the Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016). Differences in emissions target types, emissions trading markets, and policy timelines have implications for electric capacity and generation in the United States.

Hydrocarbon gas liquids production and related industrial development

Jul 6, 2016
Hydrocarbon gas liquids (HGL) are produced at refineries from crude oil and at natural gas processing plants from unprocessed natural gas. From 2010 to 2015, total HGL production increased by 42%. Natural gas processing plants accounted for all the increase, with recovered natural gas plant liquids (NGPL)—light hydrocarbon gases such as propane—rising by 58%, from 2.07 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2010 to 3.27 million b/d in 2015, while refinery output of HGL declined by 7%. The rapid increase in NGPL output was the result of rapid growth in natural gas production, as production shifted to tight gas and shale gas resources, and as producers targeted formations likely to yield natural gas with high liquids content. Annual Energy Outlook 2016 results suggest varying rates of future NGPL production growth, depending on relative crude oil and natural gas prices.

Mexico electricity market reforms attempt to reduce costs and develop new capacity

Jul 5, 2016
Mexico is in the process of reforming much of its electricity industry. Earlier in 2016, Mexico opened up day-ahead and real-time trading in a new wholesale power market. Although wholesale prices briefly spiked for a handful of hours, average prices in most locations during the market's first six months of operation have ranged from 880 to 1,100 pesos per megawatthour (MWh), or about $48/MWh to $60/MWh.

Fossil fuels still dominate U.S. energy consumption despite recent market share decline

Jul 1, 2016
Three fossil fuels—petroleum, natural gas, and coal—have provided more than 80% of total U.S. energy consumption for more than 100 years. In 2015, fossil fuels made up 81.5% of total U.S. energy consumption, the lowest fossil fuel share in the past century. In EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2016 Reference case projections, which reflect current laws and policies, that percentage declines to 76.6% by 2040. Policy changes or technology breakthroughs that go beyond the trend improvements included in the Reference case could significantly change that projection.

Petroleum Marketing Monthly

Jul 1, 2016
The July 2016 Petroleum Marketing Monthly (PMM), with data through April 2016, presents monthly and annual price and volume statistics covering crude oil and refined products sales in the United States. In this month’s issue, preliminary monthly data show prices for crude oil and finished petroleum products continued to rise during April. Prime Supplier data show sales of gasoline increased month-on-month and remained above the year-ago level.

Petroleum Supply Monthly

Jul 1, 2016
Petroleum Supply Monthly (PSM) data for April 2016 released by EIA on Thursday, June 30, 2016 were missing data for stock changes, product supplied, and certain balancing quantities reported as adjustments in petroleum and biofuel supply and disposition tables. In addition, a table of oxygenate production in Petroleum Navigator was not updated with data for April 2016. PSM data released today (Friday, July 1, 2016) include the data that were missing from the release on June 30 and the table of oxygenate production was updated to include data for April 2016.

Company Level Imports

Jun 30, 2016
Imports data at the company level collected from the EIA-814 Monthly Imports Report.

Monthly Biodiesel Production Report

Jun 30, 2016
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released new data today showing national and regional monthly biodiesel production for April 2016. In addition to biodiesel production, data included producer sales, producer stocks, and feedstock inputs.

Natural Gas Monthly

Jun 30, 2016
• Dry natural gas production in April was lower than production in April 2015, the first year-to-year decrease for the month of April since 2006. Preliminary dry natural gas production for April 2016 was 2,212 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or 73.7 Bcf/day. This level was a 0.6 Bcf/day (0.8%) decrease from the April 2015 level of 74.3 Bcf/day. • Preliminary dry natural gas consumption for April 2016 was 2,111 Bcf, or 70.4 Bcf/day. This level was an increase of 3.9%, or 2.6 Bcf/day, from the 2,032 Bcf consumed in April 2015. • Year-over-year total consumption of dry natural gas in April increased in three of the four consuming sectors, with the exception being commercial deliveries, which decreased year-to-year. Deliveries of natural gas by consuming sector in April 2016 were as follows: o Residential deliveries were 330 Bcf, or 11.0 Bcf/day, up 1.9% from 10.8 Bcf/day in April 2015. o Commercial deliveries were 234 Bcf, or 7.80 Bcf/day, down 0.4% from 7.83 Bcf/day in April 2015. o Industrial deliveries were 622 Bcf, or 20.7 Bcf/day, up 2.3% from 20.3 Bcf/day in April 2015. o Electric power deliveries were 726 Bcf, or 24.2 Bcf/day, up 8.7% from 22.3 Bcf/day in April 2015.

Expanded Panama Canal reduces travel time for shipments of U.S. LNG to Asian markets

Jun 30, 2016
The newly expanded Panama Canal will be able to accommodate 90% of the world's current liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers with LNG-carrying capacity up to 3.9 billion cubic feet (Bcf). Prior to the expansion, only 30 of the smallest LNG tankers (6% of the current global fleet) with capacities up to 0.7 Bcf could transit the Canal. The expansion has significant implications for LNG trade, reducing travel time and transportation costs for LNG shipments from the U.S. Gulf Coast to key markets in Asia and providing additional access to previously regionalized LNG markets.

Petroleum Supply Monthly

Jun 30, 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.

U.S. Movements of Crude Oil By Rail

Jun 30, 2016
Monthly data on rail movements of crude oil have been updated for April 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.

Monthly Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production

Jun 30, 2016
These monthly production estimates are based on data from the EIA-914, Monthly Crude Oil, Lease Condensate, and Natural Gas Production Report.

U.S. Fuel Ethanol Plant Production Capacity

Jun 29, 2016
This is the sixth release of the U.S. Energy Information Administration data on fuel ethanol production capacity. EIA first reported fuel ethanol production capacity for January 2011 on November 29, 2011. This new report contains production capacity data for all operating U.S. fuel ethanol production plants as of January 1, 2016.

Stripper wells accounted for 10% of U.S. oil production in 2015

Jun 29, 2016
Stripper wells, or wells that produce small volumes, represent an important but decreasing share of total U.S. oil and natural gas production. These wells are characterized as producing no more than 15 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) over a 12-month period. EIA estimates that there were about 380,000 stripper oil wells (so called because they are stripping the remaining oil out of the ground) in the United States operating at the end of 2015, compared to about 90,000 nonstripper oil wells.

State Energy Data System: Complete Set of State-Level Estimates Through 2014

Jun 29, 2016
Annual state-level estimates of energy production, consumption, prices, and expenditures by energy source and sector through 2014.

Colombia Country Analysis Brief

Jun 29, 2016
Colombia experienced a dramatic rise in energy production since the implementation of regulatory reforms in 2003; however, crude oil prices have declined since 2014, which has stymied production growth.

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