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Japan's electricity prices rising or stable despite recent fuel cost changes

Sep 9, 2016
As Japan's electricity generation mix shifted away from nuclear energy toward the increased use of coal and natural gas after the Fukushima accident, Japan became increasingly reliant on generating electricity using imported coal and liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Narrowing crude oil price differences contribute to global convergence of refining profits

Sep 8, 2016
Earnings per barrel of crude oil and other inputs processed by refiners that operate mainly in North America were lower in the second quarter of 2016 compared with the same time last year and are now close to per-barrel earnings by refiners operating elsewhere. North American refiners, which for years were consistently more profitable than other refiners, were less profitable than European refiners and the global average, based on the four-quarter moving average of profits.

Natural gas generation and electricity imports used to follow load in California

Sep 7, 2016
The California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the entity responsible for maintaining the balance between supply and demand for electricity throughout most of the state, operates in a setting where demand peaks in the late afternoon or early evening on summer days.

Short-Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report

Sep 7, 2016
After reaching a four-month low in the beginning of August, crude oil prices rebounded close to the highest levels of the year. The front-month Brent crude oil price increased $3.31 per barrel (b) since August 1, settling at $45.45/b on September 1. The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) front-month crude oil price settled at $43.16/b, an increase of $3.10/b over the same period.

Short-Term Energy Outlook

Sep 7, 2016
Benchmark North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $46/barrel (b) in August, a $1/b increase from July. This was the fourth consecutive month in which Brent spot crude oil prices averaged between $44/b and $49/b.

California is using more renewables and less natural gas in its summer electricity mix

Sep 6, 2016
The mix of energy sources used for power generation in California this summer changed from last summer, as renewables and imported electricity offset lower natural gas use. During summer 2016 (June, July, and August) thermal generation (almost all from natural gas) in the area serviced by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) was down 20% from the previous summer, while generation from hydroelectricity, other renewables, and electricity imports was higher than the same period last year.

Gasoline prices prior to Labor Day lowest in 12 years

Sep 2, 2016
The U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline was $2.24/gallon (gal) on August 29, the lowest price on the Monday before Labor Day since 2004, and 27¢/gal lower than the same time last year. Lower crude oil prices are the main factor behind falling U.S. gasoline prices. Lower crude oil prices reflect continued high global crude oil and petroleum product inventories and increased drilling activity in the United States.

U.S. nuclear outages this summer were higher than in summer 2015

Sep 1, 2016
U.S. nuclear power plant outages have been higher this summer (June through August), averaging 4.3 gigawatts (GW), or 51% more than in 2015. Summer outages were at their highest in June, reaching 9.9 GW, or about 10% of total U.S. nuclear capacity, on June 17 and averaging 6.2 GW for the month. Outages dropped to an average of 4.4 GW in July and 2.4 GW in August.

Petroleum Marketing Monthly

Sep 1, 2016
The September 2016 Petroleum Marketing Monthly (PMM), with data through June 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 continued to rise in June. At the national level, Prime Supplier data show sales of gasoline, kerosene-type jet fuel, and distillate fuels increased from last month’s levels.

Weekly Petroleum Status Report Exports Notice

Aug 31, 2016
Today's publication on August 31, 2016 of the Weekly Petroleum Status Report (WPSR) is now estimating weekly exports using near-real-time data provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). While EIA collects data on inventories, refinery and terminal operations, and imports, EIA does not collect any export data. To estimate weekly exports, EIA had previously relied on models using official monthly export data published by the U.S. Census Bureau (USCB) roughly six weeks following the end of each reporting month. Our new methodology using near-real-time CBP data provides a more accurate estimate of U.S. crude oil, petroleum products, and biofuels exports to better inform EIA's weekly estimates of domestic petroleum products supplied, a proxy for domestic consumption. For more information on this new methodology, please see Appendix D in the WPSR Explanatory Notes.

Petroleum Supply Monthly

Aug 31, 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.

Monthly Biodiesel Production Report

Aug 31, 2016
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released new data today showing national and regional monthly biodiesel production for June 2016. In addition to biodiesel production, data included producer sales, producer stocks, and feedstock inputs.

U.S. Movements of Crude Oil By Rail

Aug 31, 2016
Monthly data on rail movements of crude oil have been updated for June 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

Aug 31, 2016
These monthly production estimates are based on data from the EIA-914, Monthly Crude Oil, Lease Condensate, and Natural Gas Production Report.

Natural Gas Monthly

Aug 31, 2016
• In June 2016, for the third consecutive month, dry natural gas production decreased year-to-year for the same month in 2015. Preliminary dry natural gas production for June 2016 was 2,167 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or 72.2 Bcf/day. This level was a 1.9 Bcf/day (2.6%) decrease from the June 2015 level of 74.1 Bcf/day. • Preliminary dry natural gas consumption for June 2016 was 2,026 Bcf, or 67.5 Bcf/day. This level was an increase of 5.7%, or 3.7 Bcf/day, from the 1,916 Bcf consumed in June 2015. • Year-over-year total consumption of dry natural gas in June increased in three of the four consuming sectors, with the exception being residential deliveries, which decreased year-to-year. Deliveries of natural gas by consuming sector in June 2016 were as follows: o Residential deliveries in June 2016 were 123 Bcf, or 4.10 Bcf/day, down 0.8% from 4.13 Bcf/day in June 2015. Residential deliveries were the lowest for the month since EIA began tracking them in 1973, in part because temperatures in the Lower 48 states in June were the warmest on record. o Commercial deliveries were 139 Bcf, or 4.6 Bcf/day, up 3.0% from 4.5 Bcf/day in June 2015. o Industrial deliveries were 593 Bcf, or 19.8 Bcf/day, up 3.9% from 19.0 Bcf/day in June 2015. Industrial deliveries were the highest for the month since 2002. o Electric power deliveries were 977 Bcf, or 32.6 Bcf/day, up 9.4% from 29.8 Bcf/day in June 2015. Electric power deliveries were the highest for the month since EIA began tracking them in 2001.

Company Level Imports

Aug 31, 2016
Imports data at the company level collected from the EIA-814 Monthly Imports Report.

EIA now using near-real-time export data to improve weekly petroleum consumption data

Aug 31, 2016
Starting with today's release of the Weekly Petroleum Status Report (WPSR), EIA is now publishing weekly petroleum export and consumption estimates based on near-real-time export data provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Customs). EIA previously relied on weekly export estimates based on monthly official export data published by the U.S. Census Bureau roughly six weeks following the end of each reporting month.

Coal consumption by U.S. educational institutions has declined by 64% since 2008

Aug 30, 2016
Coal consumption by educational institutions such as colleges and universities in the United States fell from 2 million short tons in 2008 to 700,000 short tons in 2015. Consumption declined in each of the 57 institutions that used coal in 2008, with 20 of these institutions no longer using coal at all. Many of these institutions participate in the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, a program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Coal consumption has decreased as institutions switch from coal to natural gas or other fuels.

District of Columbia raises renewable portfolio standard target to 50% by 2032

Aug 29, 2016
The District of Columbia (DC) increased and extended its renewable portfolio standard (RPS) target from 20% by 2020 to 50% by 2032. The target includes a separate solar-specific target of 5% by 2032, an increase and extension from 2.5% by 2023.

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.


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