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May 24, 2016

Germany’s renewables electricity generation grows in 2015, but coal still dominant

graph of Germany gross electricity generation by fuel source, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on German Statistical Office (Destatis) and AGEB- AG Energiebilanzen e.V.

Renewable electricity generation in Germany increased to 194 billion kilowatthours (kWh) in 2015, representing 31% of the country's gross electricity generation. The renewables electricity growth in 2015 was the largest in both percentage and absolute terms (19% and 32 billion kWh, respectively) in at least a decade.

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May 23, 2016

United States remains largest producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons

graph of estimated petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbon production in the United States, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

The United States remained the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2015, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates. U.S. petroleum and natural gas production first surpassed Russia in 2012, and the United States has been the world's top producer of natural gas since 2011 and the world's top producer of petroleum hydrocarbons since 2013.

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May 20, 2016

Hydropower conditions improve as West Coast drought eases

map of California drought status, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on U.S. Drought Monitor (The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

The western United States, particularly California, has experienced drought over the past several years, but there are now signs of improvement. Since June 2013, most of California has been in a severe, extreme, or exceptional drought, the worst three drought designations as determined by the U.S. Drought Monitor. By mid-2014, nearly 60% of the state was in the exceptional drought category, and California's governor had declared a drought emergency. The drought led to significant declines in hydroelectric generation throughout the West, and California's first-ever mandatory water restrictions in 2015.

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May 19, 2016

Many natural gas-fired power plants under construction are near major shale plays

map of natural gas-fired capcity additions, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly as of February 2016
Note: Natural gas-fired capacity additions include plants completed and under construction.

Natural gas-fired power generation increased 19% in 2015, because of low natural gas prices, increased gas-fired generation capacity, and coal power plant retirements. EIA's May 2016 Short-Term Energy Outlook forecasts that this year, natural gas-fired generation will exceed coal generation in the United States on an annual basis.

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May 18, 2016

Future power sector carbon dioxide emissions depend on status of Clean Power Plan

graph of U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Outlook 2016

Trends in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from electricity generation through 2040 depend significantly on whether or not the Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule issued last August by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is implemented. Analysis in EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016) examines what the CPP could mean for the fuels used to generate electricity, especially coal. Yesterday, EIA released an annotated summary of two AEO2016 cases. The Reference case assumes implementation of EPA's final CPP rule, while the No CPP case assumes the rule, enforcement of which is currently on hold pending judicial review, does not ever come into effect.

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May 17, 2016

EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook is a projection, not a prediction

graph of U.S. energy production and consumption, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Outlook 2016 Reference case

The U.S. Energy Information Administration provides a long-term outlook for energy supply, demand, and prices in its Annual Energy Outlook (AEO). This outlook is centered on the Reference case, which is not a prediction of what will happen, but rather a modeled projection of what might happen given certain assumptions and methodologies. Today, EIA released an annotated summary of the AEO2016 Reference Case—which includes the Clean Power Plan—and a side case without the Clean Power Plan.

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May 16, 2016

Projected growth in CO2 emissions driven by countries outside the OECD

graph of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions by country or region, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Outlook 2016
Note: OECD is the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are projected to increase by one-third between 2012 and 2040 in EIA's International Energy Outlook 2016 (IEO2016) Reference case, largely driven by increased energy use in countries outside of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The continuing increase in total emissions occurs despite a moderate decrease in the carbon intensity (CO2 per unit of energy) of the global energy supply.

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May 13, 2016

Carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation in 2015 were lowest since 1993

graph of carbon dioxide emissions from the U.S. electric power sector by fuel, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from electricity generation totaled 1,925 million metric tons in 2015, the lowest since 1993 and 21% below their 2005 level. A shift on the electricity generation mix, with generation from natural gas and renewables displacing coal-fired power, drove the reductions in emissions.

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May 12, 2016

EIA projects 48% increase in world energy consumption by 2040

graph of world energy consumption by source, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Outlook 2016

The U.S. Energy Information Administration's recently released International Energy Outlook 2016 (IEO2016) projects that world energy consumption will grow by 48% between 2012 and 2040. Most of this growth will come from countries that are not in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), including countries where demand is driven by strong economic growth, particularly in Asia. Non-OECD Asia, including China and India, accounts for more than half of the world's total increase in energy consumption over the projection period.

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May 11, 2016

Annual passenger travel tends to increase with income

graph of passenger-miles and gross domestic product per capita, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Outlook, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics

Global passenger travel by light-duty vehicles, bus, rail, and two- and three-wheeled vehicles reached nearly 24 trillion passenger miles in 2012 (the most recent year with detailed international travel statistics). In 2012, the average person traveled 3,300 miles annually, with wide differences across countries that are generally related to differences in per capita income.

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