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Peak-to-average electricity demand ratio rising in New England and many other U.S. regions

Feb 18, 2014
Across the United States, but most pronounced in New England, the ratio of annual peak-hour electric demand to average hourly demand has risen over the past 20 years. In New England, the peak-to-average demand ratio has increased from 1.52 in 1993 to 1.78 in 2012. In other words, the highest peak-hour electric demand for the year in 1993 was 52% above the hourly average level while in 2012 peak-hour demand had risen to 78% above the hourly average level.

Syria Country Analysis Brief

Feb 18, 2014
Syria’s energy sector is in turmoil because of the ongoing hostilities between government and opposition forces. Syria’s oil and natural gas production has declined dramatically since March 2011 because of the conflict and because of the subsequent imposition of sanctions by the United States and European Union in particular. Syria’s energy sector is unlikely to recover in the near term.

AEO2014 projects more coal-fired power plant retirements by 2016 than have been scheduled

Feb 14, 2014
Coal-fired power plants in the United States have been under significant economic pressure in recent years because of low natural gas prices and slow electricity demand growth. The Annual Energy Outlook 2014 Reference Case projects that a total of 60 gigawatts of capacity will retire by 2020, including what has already been reported to EIA.

State Energy Data System: Other Petroleum Products for 2012

Feb 14, 2014
Annual state-level estimates of consumption, prices, and expenditures for other petroleum products for 2012.

Severe winter weather threatens East Coast energy infrastructure

Feb 13, 2014
The National Weather Service predicts that the major winter storm that dropped significant snowfall and ice on the Southeast yesterday will intensify as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard today. The accumulation of ice can damage the electric distribution system and make road conditions unsafe, which could hamper power restoration efforts. As of 3:30 p.m. yesterday more than 450,000 customers were without power from Florida to Pennsylvania, according to DOE's Energy Assurance Daily.

EIA releases assessment of short-term uncertainties for global oil supply

Feb 12, 2014
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a Short-Term Energy Outlook supplement yesterday that assesses some of the major uncertainties in EIA's 2014-15 global petroleum and other liquids (or liquid fuels) supply outlook. EIA forecasts that the supply of global liquid fuels will grow year-over-year by 1.7 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2014 and 1.4 million bbl/d in 2015.

Short-Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report

Feb 11, 2014
International crude oil prices were relatively stable to start the year. The North Sea Brent front month futures price settled at $107.19 per barrel (bbl) on February 6, a decline of less than $1/bbl from its settle price on January 2. Over the same period, the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) front month futures contract rose $2.40/bbl, settling at $97.84/bbl on February 6.

Short-Term Energy Outlook

Feb 11, 2014
Temperatures east of the Rocky Mountains have been significantly colder this winter (October-January) compared with the same period both last winter and the previous 10-year average, putting upward pressure on consumption and prices of fuels used for space heating. U.S. average heating degree days were 12% higher than last winter (indicating colder weather) and 8% above the previous 10-year average. The Northeast was 11% colder than last winter, the Midwest 17% colder, and the South 20% colder, while the West was 3% warmer.

Drilling Productivity Report

Feb 10, 2014
EIA’s fifth 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 six key fields.

Eagle Ford production increasingly targets oil-rich areas

Feb 10, 2014
A majority of wells now being drilled for hydrocarbons produce a mixture of oil and natural gas. Relatively high oil prices and low natural gas prices make the oil-rich portions of reservoirs more desirable for production, and therefore increasingly the targets for the drilling of new wells.

High prices show stresses in New England natural gas delivery system

Feb 7, 2014
Since 2012, limited supply from the Canaport and Everett liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals coupled with congestion on the Tennessee and Algonquin pipelines has led to winter natural gas price spikes in New England. The problem continued in the winter of 2013-14, as indicated by New England's forward basis for January 2014 reaching $17.41. Pipeline expansions could ease price spikes, but their cost-effectiveness, including their ultimate cost to consumers, remains a challenge. This article reviews possible alternatives.

Reduced water supply forecast affects hydropower outlook in Pacific Northwest

Feb 7, 2014
The Northwest River Forecast Center (a unit of the Department of Commerce) released on January 8 its first water supply projection of 2014 for the Pacific Northwest. The forecast indicates a below normal runoff, as compared to the 30-year average (1981-2010), for a majority of the observation stations in the region.

Current drought reduces hydro generation forecast for California

Feb 6, 2014
Forecasts for the water supply at nearly every major water gauge in the states of California and Nevada were less than half of average seasonal norms as of February 5. The water supply situation has not materially improved since the governor of California declared a state of emergency on January 17. The driest December on record has resulted in nearly 60% of the state now classified as being in a condition of extreme drought.

Winter 2013-14 Propane Updates

Feb 6, 2014
With the onset of severely cold weather in recent weeks, propane supplies in the Midwest are extremely tight. Information related to the current propane situation is now available.

Global demand, inexpensive natural gas are increasing domestic plastic production

Feb 5, 2014
Low U.S. natural gas prices have helped increase domestic plastic production after a decline from the 2008 recession. Because many U.S. plastic manufacturers use natural gas as their primary fuel source and natural gas-sourced liquids as a feedstock, continued low prices for those resources could boost raw plastic exports, given higher foreign energy prices.

Angola Country Analysis Brief

Feb 5, 2014
Angola is the second-largest oil producer in Sub-Saharan Africa, behind Nigeria. Angola has been the second-largest supplier of crude oil to China since 2005, behind Saudi Arabia. The United States, the European Union, and India are also major destinations for Angolan oil. However, U.S. imports of Angolan crude oil continue to decline because of increased U.S. production of similar quality crude grades. In mid-2013, Angola began exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG), following the recent start-up of the LNG plant at Soyo.

China Country Analysis Brief

Feb 4, 2014
China’s robust economic growth and thirst for energy resources in the past decade has driven it to become the top global energy consumer. China has the largest oil and gas production in the Asia-Pacific region and the largest coal production in the world, but the country’s escalating energy demand is increasing its reliance on imports and need to secure more energy supplies.

U.S. uranium concentrate production rises as Megatons to Megawatts program ends

Feb 4, 2014
U.S. uranium concentrate production in 2013 is up 21% since 2011 after the start of three production facilities, one in 2013 and two in 2011. Production has ramped up to partially offset imports from the now-ended Megatons to Megawatts program, which made its last delivery in December 2013. Production in 2013 totaled 4.8 million pounds, from seven uranium concentrate processing facilities—the highest production since 1997.

Lower emissions cap for Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative takes effect in 2014

Feb 3, 2014
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) cap and trade program for carbon dioxide (CO2) decided to lower the program's emissions cap by 45% starting in 2014. RGGI is intended to limit CO2 emissions from electric power plants in the Northeast.

Petroleum Marketing Monthly

Feb 3, 2014
In this issue of the Petroleum Marketing Monthly, preliminary November 2013 data show crude oil prices falling for the third month in a row. Refiner prices for gasoline and No. 2 distillate also continue to show decreases, while Prime Supplier data reflect a downturn in sales for many of the surveyed products.

State Energy Data System: Distillate Fuel Oil, Residual Fuel Oil, and Kerosene for 2012

Jan 31, 2014
Annual state-level estimates of consumption, prices, and expenditures for distillate fuel oil, residual fuel oil, and kerosene for 2012.

Natural Gas Monthly

Jan 31, 2014
The January Natural Gas Monthly, with data through November 2013, has been released. Monthly dry gas production for November was the highest on record for the month, at 2,047 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or 68.2 Bcf/day. This volume showed a small increase from the revised dry production for October of 2,082 Bcf, or 67.1 Bcf/day. Total consumption of natural gas for November 2013 was a record for the month, at 2,301 Bcf, or 76.7 Bcf/day. The 19.1% increase from the prior month was the largest October to November increase on record. The electric power volume delivered to consumers was also the highest ever reported for the month of November, at 598 Bcf.

Domestic Uranium Production Report

Jan 31, 2014
Fourth quarter 2013 update of uranium production in the United States and operating status of U.S. uranium mills and plants.

Monthly Natural Gas Gross Production Report

Jan 31, 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.

NFL stadiums produce onsite energy with solar PV projects

Jan 31, 2014
On February 2, MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, will host Super Bowl XLVIII. During the game, aerial footage will likely show 916 external LED fixtures powered by 1,350 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels with a total generating capacity of 276 kilowatts (kW).

Americas form important market for supply, demand, and trade of liquid fuels, natural gas

Jan 30, 2014
EIA's Liquid Fuels and Natural Gas in the Americas report, published today, is a Congressionally-requested study examining the energy trends and developments in the Americas over the past decade. The report focuses on liquid fuels and natural gas—particularly reserves and resources, production, consumption, trade, and investment—given their scale and significance to the region.

Company Level Imports

Jan 30, 2014
Imports data at the company level collected from the EIA-814 Monthly Imports Report.

Petroleum Supply Monthly

Jan 30, 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.

2012 Energy Flows

Jan 30, 2014
Energy flow diagrams with data for 2012 for total energy, petroleum, natural gas, coal, and electricity. The flows show that domestic production of fossil fuels was 62.3 quadrillion Btu, accounting for 59% of total U.S. energy supply.

Monthly Biodiesel Production Report

Jan 30, 2014
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released new data today showing national and regional monthly biodiesel production for November 2013. In addition to biodiesel production, data included producer sales, producer stocks, and feedstock inputs.

Monthly Energy Review

Jan 30, 2014
The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) most comprehensive report on recent integrated energy statistics. Preliminary data indicate that, in October 2013, total carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. consumption of energy (excluding biomass) equaled 431 million metric tons. Of this total, petroleum accounted for 46%, coal for 31%, and natural gas for 23%.

Qatar Country Analysis Brief

Jan 30, 2014
Qatar is the largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the world, and the country's exports of LNG, crude oil, and petroleum products provide a significant portion of government revenues. Several recent developments in the country's natural gas sector could boost production in the short term, and while Qatar's crude oil production is the second lowest in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), increasing production of non-crude liquids—most of which is a byproduct of natural gas production—is contributing to gradual growth in total liquids production.

Liquid Fuels and Natural Gas in the Americas

Jan 30, 2014
This report examines the major energy trends and developments of the past decade in the Americas, focusing on liquid fuels and natural gas—particularly, reserves and resources, production, consumption, trade, and investment. The Americas, which include North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, account for a significant portion of global supply, demand, and trade of both liquid fuels and natural gas.

Congo (Brazzaville) Country Analysis Brief

Jan 29, 2014
Congo (Brazzaville), formerly known as the Republic of the Congo, is a mature oil producer with declining output at most of its fields. Congo is among the top five oil producers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Oil production comes almost entirely from offshore fields. Congo exports almost all of its oil production, and the largest recipients are China and the European Union. Congo also has extensive hydropower potential, but most of it remains untapped.

Ownership of U.S. petroleum refineries has changed significantly since 2000

Jan 29, 2014
U.S. refining capacity increased since 2000 as capacity additions outpaced the loss of capacity from three major refinery closures. Yet the number of refineries and companies both declined over the same period, as the concentration of refining capacity among the top five companies increased from 38% in 2000 to 44% in 2013.

Most homes have central thermostats on heating and cooling equipment

Jan 28, 2014
Thermostats are used to control central heating equipment in 85% of households, and less than half of those thermostats are programmable. For households with central cooling equipment, 60% have a central thermostat and about half of those are programmable.

States closer to western mines have lower coal costs

Jan 27, 2014
In 2012, the top-five states for total expenditures on out-of-state coal delivered to the electric power sector each spent more than $1.5 billion. Texas spent the most for out-of-state coal, followed by Illinois, North Carolina, Georgia, and Michigan.

EIA now providing more detail on electric capacity additions and retirements

Jan 24, 2014
Beginning in December 2013, new tables and maps in the Electric Power Monthly provide detailed accounting of generator additions and retirements, as well as their effects on total capacity by fuel and technology type, on a state-by-state basis.

Prime Supplier Report

Jan 23, 2014
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through November 2013 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.

Midwest propane markets tighten further on cold weather

Jan 23, 2014
With the onset of severely cold weather seen over the past weeks, propane supplies in the Midwest are extremely tight. The Midwest spot price of propane at Conway, Kansas, has spiked far above the Gulf Coast spot price at Mont Belvieu, Texas. The high propane prices in the Midwest are the result of both increased demand for crop drying in November and increased demand for space heating in the current cold weather.

Oil and natural gas import reliance of major economies projected to change rapidly

Jan 22, 2014
The 2014 Annual Energy Outlook projects declines in U.S. oil and natural gas imports as a result of increasing production from tight oil and shale plays. U.S. liquid fuels net imports as a share of consumption is projected to decline from a high of 60% in 2005, and about 40% in 2012, to about 25% by 2016. The U.S. is projected to be a net exporter of natural gas by 2018.

Northeast and Mid-Atlantic power prices react to winter freeze and natural gas constraints

Jan 21, 2014
A record-setting bout of bitter cold weather swept down through the Midwest and across most of the country in early January. The Northeast region reacted with upward spikes in wholesale natural gas and power prices as generators and other customers struggled to procure natural gas supplies. In the Mid-Atlantic region, record-high winter peak demand along with unexpected outages of power plants and natural gas equipment drove peak electricity prices even higher than in New York and New England.

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