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EIA celebrates 20 years on the Internet

Jun 30, 2015
On July 1, 1995, EIA became the first agency within the U.S. Department of Energy to venture onto the Internet. In an era before Google, Facebook, and Internet Explorer, the Internet had about 40 million users and 23,500 websites. The seven users who visited EIA.gov on its first day of operation had access to a few dozen web pages and 200 files. Although the initial version of the website looked rather primitive, the website quickly established itself as the agency's primary communications channel.

Company Level Imports

Jun 30, 2015
Imports data at the company level collected from the EIA-814 Monthly Imports Report.

Monthly Biodiesel Production Report

Jun 30, 2015
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released new data today showing national and regional monthly biodiesel production for April 2015. In addition to biodiesel production, data included producer sales, producer stocks, and feedstock inputs.

U.S. Movements of Crude Oil By Rail

Jun 30, 2015
Monthly data on rail movements of crude oil have been updated for April 2015. 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, 2015
Beginning this month, EIA is expanding the coverage of natural gas production to include a break out for an additional ten states based on data from the EIA-914 survey. The additional states include: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, and West Virginia. Estimates for the ten states were previously included in the "other states" total. Estimates for production back to January 2015 now include the new breakout. EIA will continue to report natural gas gross withdrawals here instead of in the Natural Gas Gross Production Report. Later this summer, EIA expects to report survey-based estimates for crude oil production (including lease condensate). Later in 2015, EIA will report monthly crude oil production by API gravity category for each state.

Petroleum Supply Monthly

Jun 30, 2015
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.

Natural Gas Monthly

Jun 30, 2015
• Preliminary dry natural gas production for April 2015 was 2,239 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or 74.6 Bcf/day, up from last month’s 74.2 Bcf/day. April's production was a 6.0 Bcf/day increase from 68.6 Bcf/day in April 2014, an 8.8% rise from year to year. • Preliminary total natural gas consumption for April 2015 was 2,044 Bcf, or 68.1 Bcf/day, an increase of 3.5% from 1,975 Bcf in April 2014, or 65.8 Bcf/day. • For the second consecutive month, total consumption of dry natural gas for April 2015 decreased in three of four sectors year to year, with the exception being electric power deliveries, which increased significantly from last April: o Deliveries to residential consumers for April 2015 were 322 Bcf, or 10.7 Bcf/day, down 3.5% from 11.8 Bcf/day in April 2014. o Commercial deliveries were 236 Bcf, or 7.9 Bcf/day, a 5.6% decrease from 8.3 Bcf/day in April 2014. o Industrial deliveries were 610 Bcf, or 20.3 Bcf/day, down 2.9% from 20.9 Bcf/day in April 2014. o Electric power deliveries were 669 Bcf, or 22.3 Bcf/day, a 21.6% rise from 18.3 Bcf/day in April 2014. • Beginning this month, EIA is expanding its reporting of monthly natural gas production by 10 additional states on Form EIA-914. Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, and West Virginia were added to Form EIA-914. The 18 remaining states (including the federal Pacific region) with natural gas production are collectively surveyed, from which natural gas production for the Other States category is estimated. All production-related Other States data have been revised back to January 2006 to include only these 18 remaining states/regions. • Beginning this month, base natural gas reported on Form EIA-191 will be made publically available at the field level in the Natural Gas Annual Respondent Query System for January 2015 forward.

Hawaii and Vermont set high renewable portfolio standard targets

Jun 29, 2015
Two states recently passed legislation that would require significant increases in renewable electricity generation. On June 8, Hawaii updated legislation setting a 100% renewable portfolio standard (RPS) by 2045. On June 11, Vermont passed a bill creating a 75% RPS by 2032. Both of these RPS target percentages are higher than any other RPS target in the United States.

State Energy Data System: Total Energy for 2013

Jun 26, 2015
Annual state-level estimates for total energy consumption, prices, and expenditures.

Argentina and China lead shale development outside North America in first-half 2015

Jun 26, 2015
As recently as last year, only four countries in the world were producing commercial volumes of either natural gas from shale formations (shale gas) or crude oil from tight formations (tight oil): the United States and Canada, and more recently, Argentina and China. Beyond these four countries, other countries have started exploring and producing hydrocarbons from shale and other tight resources.

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

Jun 25, 2015
Number 21 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.”

U.S. refinery capacity reaches 18 million barrels per day

Jun 25, 2015
Increased refinery runs—based on increases in both capacity and utilization—have helped accommodate increases in U.S. crude oil production. The United States' capacity to refine crude oil into petroleum products—measured as operable atmospheric crude distillation unit capacity—increased by 0.2% in 2014, reaching 18.0 million barrels per calendar day, according to EIA's recently released annual Refinery Capacity Report.

Syria Country Analysis Brief

Jun 24, 2015
Syria’s energy sector has encountered a number of challenges as a result of conflict and subsequent sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union. Damage to energy infrastructure has hindered the exploration, development, production, and transport of the country’s energy resources.

Short-Term Energy Outlook Model Documentation: Natural Gas Consumption and Price Modules

Jun 24, 2015
The natural gas consumption and price modules of the Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) model are designed to provide U.S. and regional natural gas consumption and retail price forecasts.

Under sanctions, Iran’s crude oil exports have nearly halved in three years

Jun 24, 2015
In early April this year, Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany reached a framework agreement to guide negotiations targeting a comprehensive agreement by June 30. The comprehensive agreement could result in the lifting of crude oil-related sanctions against Iran, which in turn could result in an increase in Iran's crude oil production and exports. However, the ultimate decision and the timing that sanctions could be lifted are highly uncertain

Oil and natural gas production job declines tend to lag oil price declines

Jun 23, 2015
Employment in oil and natural gas extraction and support activities in the United States reached nearly 538,000 in October 2014, but then declined by about 35,000 jobs, or 6.5%, over the following six months, through April 2015, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

U.S. Fuel Ethanol Plant Production Capacity

Jun 23, 2015
This is the fifth release of U.S. Energy Information Administration data on fuel ethanol production capacity. EIA first reported fuel ethanol production capacities as of January 1, 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, 2015.

Prime Supplier Report

Jun 22, 2015
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through April 2015 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.

U.S. crude oil production growth helps reduce Gulf Coast imports

Jun 22, 2015
In recent years, higher domestic production of light, tight crude oil has led to a reduction in crude oil imports. Certain types of crude oil have been affected more than others; for example, the increased economic availability of domestic light, tight crude oil has virtually eliminated Gulf Coast imports of light crude oil. In the past year, Gulf Coast imports of medium crude oil have also fallen because of increased production from the Eagle Ford, Bakken, and Permian regions.

Iran Country Analysis Brief

Jun 19, 2015
Iran holds the world's fourth-largest proved crude oil reserves and the world's second-largest natural gas reserves. Despite the country's abundant reserves, Iran's crude oil production has substantially declined, and natural gas production growth has been slower than expected over the past few years. International sanctions have profoundly affected Iran's energy sector and have prompted a number of cancellations or delays of upstream oil and gas projects.

Refinery Capacity Report

Jun 19, 2015
Data series include fuel, electricity, and steam purchased for consumption at the refinery; refinery receipts of crude oil by method of transportation; and current and projected atmospheric crude oil distillation, downstream charge, and production capacities. Respondents are operators of all operating and idle petroleum refineries (including new refineries under construction) and refineries shut down during the previous year, located in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and other U.S. possessions.

Europe aims for wider electricity market coordination

Jun 19, 2015
The European Union (EU) has long sought more reliable ways to produce and distribute electricity and to coordinate its energy markets, including greater cross-border trading of electricity. The February coupling of electricity markets in Italy and France marks the most recent step toward an integrated European market. With this achievement, the majority of EU power markets are now linked.

State Energy Profiles: New Data for March and April 2015 and Updated Information on Five States

Jun 18, 2015
New monthly data are available for electricity, natural gas, and coal series. In addition, the Quick Facts and analytical narratives for Connecticut, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Virginia have been updated.

Oilfield costs fall following decline in oil prices

Jun 18, 2015
As oil prices declined—falling more than 50% from June 2014 to January 2015, before increasing slightly in spring 2015—energy production companies focused efforts on increasing operating efficiencies.

Refiner margins unable to fully offset low upstream earnings for integrated oil companies

Jun 17, 2015
First-quarter 2015 financial results for globally integrated oil companies show that total earnings were $22 billion (54%) lower than first-quarter 2014. Lower crude oil prices contributed to a decline in profits in the upstream sector of $28 billion (80%) compared to first-quarter 2014. Profits in the downstream sector, however, were the largest for any quarter since third-quarter 2012, almost $6 billion (95%) higher than in first-quarter 2014, which offset some of the decline from the upstream segment

EIA's mapping system highlights energy infrastructure across the United States

Jun 16, 2015
EIA's energy mapping system is a data-intensive visual reference tool that includes several map layers defining energy infrastructure components across the United States. Using this series of maps, viewers can see crude oil, petroleum, natural gas, or hydrocarbon gas liquid pipelines, terminals, and ports in their area, as well as high voltage electric transmission lines.

EIA's new energy visualization widget embeds interactive charts and maps on any website

Jun 15, 2015
EIA's new energy visualization widget allows users to display interactive visualizations of current energy data pulled from EIA's data application programming interface (API) on their own websites. Using the API browser, users can discover how EIA's energy data series can be charted, mapped, or broken down into its related components.

State Energy Data System: Noncombustible Renewable Energy for 2013

Jun 12, 2015
Annual state-level consumption estimates for hydroelectric power, as well as wind, solar, and geothermal energy.

Oil exploration in the U.S. Arctic continues despite current price environment

Jun 12, 2015
Alaska's crude oil production has declined from 1.8 MMb/d in 1991 to 0.5 MMb/d in 2014, and it is expected to continue declining through 2040. Almost 75% of Alaska's crude oil production from 1990 to 2012 was from the Prudhoe Bay and Kuparuk River fields in the central North Slope. However, recent conditional approval granted to Royal Dutch Shell to begin exploratory drilling in the Burger Prospect in the Chukchi Sea may help to offset future declines in crude oil production in the region.

Marine Fuel Choice For Ocean Going Vessels Within Emission Control Areas

Jun 11, 2015
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) contracted with Leidos Corporation to analyze the impact on ocean-going vessel fuel usage of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) emissions control areas in North America and the Caribbean. EIA plans to update the upcoming Annual Energy Outlook 2016 to include a new methodology for calculating the amount of fuel consumption by ocean-going vessels traveling though North American and Caribbean emissions control areas, including the impact of compliance strategies.

Efficiency moderates effects of higher electricity prices under proposed Clean Power Plan

Jun 11, 2015
EIA's recently released analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan rule finds that electricity prices are expected to rise. However, efficiency and price-induced conservation moderate the projected increase in consumer electricity bills.

Proposed Clean Power Plan rule would reduce coal production, especially in the West

Jun 10, 2015
EIA's analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan rule shows U.S. coal production falling after the proposed rule takes effect. In 2024 in the Base Policy case, coal production falls to a level last seen in the late 1970s. Total production recovers gradually thereafter, as coal-fired generation increases in the later years of the projection, but it never surpasses levels reached in the 1980s.

Short-Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report

Jun 9, 2015
Crude oil prices continued to rise in April and reached their highest levels of the year. The North Sea Brent front month futures price settled at $65.54 per barrel (b) on May 7, an increase of $8.44/b since the close on April 1. The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) front month futures price rose by $8.85/b over the same period to settle at $58.94/b on May 7.

Short-Term Energy Outlook

Jun 9, 2015
North Sea Brent crude oil prices averaged $64/barrel (b) in May, a $5/b increase from April and the highest monthly average of 2015. Despite estimated global inventories increasing by more than 2 million barrels per day (b/d) for the third consecutive month, several factors contributed to higher prices in May, including continued signals of higher global oil demand growth, expectations for declining U.S. tight oil production in the coming months, and the growing risk of unplanned supply outages in the Middle East and North Africa.

Crude by rail provides the West Coast with supply as regional crude oil production falls

Jun 9, 2015
While total U.S. crude oil production increased nearly 3.2 million barrels per day (b/d) from 2010 to 2014, production in PADD 5 decreased by 0.1 million b/d, continuing a long-term decline. With no major crude oil pipelines connecting the West Coast to other parts of the country, West Coast refineries had adjusted to the declining in-region production by increasing imports of foreign crude oil. Shipments of domestic crude oil by rail to the West Coast have also increased, from 23,000 b/d in 2012 to 157,000 b/d in 2014.

Drilling Productivity Report

Jun 8, 2015
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.

New data series show more detail for crude oil stocks, storage by region

Jun 8, 2015
In an effort to better present crude oil storage capacity and use across the United States, EIA has prepared new tables as part of the semiannual Working and Net Available Shell Storage Capacity Report. The new series show crude oil stocks held at refineries crude oil in tanks and underground storage in each Petroleum Administration for Defense District (PADD). Previously, this information was only available at the national level.

Proposed Clean Power Plan would accelerate renewable additions and coal plant retirements

Jun 5, 2015
EIA's analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan shows that renewables play a critical role under a range of different market conditions and policy assumptions. The key difference across the scenarios analyzed involves the timing and extent that wind and solar electric generating capacity additions occur, as well as retirements of some generation capacity, mainly coal-fired units and relatively inefficient plants that use natural gas or oil-fired boilers to run steam turbines.

Increases in U.S. crude oil production are predominantly light, sweet crude

Jun 4, 2015
U.S. crude oil production has grown rapidly in recent years, primarily from light, sweet crude (less dense, lower sulfur content) from tight resource formations. Roughly 90% of the nearly 3.0 million barrel per day (b/d) growth in production from 2011 to 2014 consisted of light, sweet grades, meaning they have an API gravity of 40 or above and a sulphur content of 0.3% or less.

Levelized cost comparisons help explain value of various electric generation technologies

Jun 3, 2015
When power plants are built, several factors influence the choice of fuels and technologies that will ultimately generate electricity. Cost is one of the most difficult factors to compare, as technologies can have vastly different capital, fuel, maintenance, and financing costs, as well as different utilization rates and access to fuel resources. Two measures, the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) and the levelized avoided cost of electricity (LACE), are widely used to make cost comparisons across technologies.

Egypt Country Analysis Brief

Jun 2, 2015
Egypt is the largest oil producer in Africa outside of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the second-largest natural gas producer on the continent, behind Algeria. Egypt plays a vital role in international energy markets through the operation of the Suez Canal and the Suez-Mediterranean (SUMED) Pipeline. The SUMED Pipeline is the only alternative route nearby the Suez Canal to transport crude oil from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea if ships are unable to navigate through the Suez Canal. Fees collected from the operation of these two transit points are significant sources of revenue for the Egyptian government.

Crude oil adjustment balances independently developed supply and disposition components

Jun 2, 2015
The crude oil adjustment is perhaps the most frequently misunderstood component of the U.S. crude oil balance published in EIA's Weekly Petroleum Status Report. This adjustment reflects the combined uncertainty around each of the crude oil data elements that EIA uses to assess the balance between U.S. crude oil supply and its disposition.

Issues in International Energy Consumption Analysis: Canadian Energy Demand

Jun 2, 2015
The residential sector is one of the main end-use sectors in Canada accounting for 16.7% of total end-use site energy consumption in 2009 (computed from NRCan 2012. pp, 4-5). In this year, the residential sector accounted for 54.5% of buildings total site energy consumption. Between 1990 and 2009, Canadian household energy consumption grew by less than 11%. Nonetheless, households contributed to 14.6% of total energy-related greenhouse gas emissions in Canada in 2009 (computed from NRCan 2012). This is the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s second study to help provide a better understanding of the factors impacting residential energy consumption and intensity in North America (mainly the United States and Canada) by using similar methodology for analyses in both countries.

Petroleum Marketing Monthly

Jun 1, 2015
The June 2015 Petroleum Marketing Monthly (PMM), with data through March 2015, presents monthly and annual price and volume statistics covering crude oil and refined products sales in the United States. In this month’s edition, crude oil final monthly data and 2014 annual averages are published in Tables 1, 1A, and 18-27. Preliminary monthly data for March 2015 show varied trends in crude oil and refined petroleum products prices. U.S.-level Prime Supplier data show sales of gasoline and diesel fuel remained above year-ago levels.

EIA conference on current energy issues is two weeks away

Jun 1, 2015
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) will hold its 2015 Energy Conference on June 15 and 16 in Washington, DC. This two-day event provides the opportunity to meet and network with energy analysts, decision makers, and EIA staff. Last year more than 900 people from industry, government, and academia attended EIA's conference.

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