Today in Energy

Jul 2, 2015

Fossil fuels have made up at least 80% of U.S. fuel mix since 1900

graph of share of energy consumption in the United States, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review

While the energy history of the United States is one of significant change, three fossil fuel sources—petroleum, natural gas, and coal—have made up at least 80% of total U.S. energy consumption for more than 100 years. Recent increases in the domestic production of petroleum liquids and natural gas prompted shifts between the uses of fossil fuels (largely from coal-fired to natural gas-fired power generation), but the predominance of these three energy sources is likely to continue into the future.

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Jul 1, 2015

EIA expands geographic coverage of natural gas production with new data for 10 states

map of EIA-914 survey results, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, EIA-914 Survey
Note: Click to enlarge.

Beginning this week, EIA is expanding its reporting of monthly natural gas production by 10 additional states. The addition of these states—Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, and West Virginia—significantly enhances EIA's monthly coverage, which was previously limited to Alaska, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, and the federal Gulf of Mexico. Accompanying EIA's expanded coverage is a new webpage, Monthly Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production, which replaces the Monthly Natural Gas Gross Production Report.

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Jun 30, 2015

EIA celebrates 20 years on the Internet

screenshot of today's website and website as it appeared in January 1997, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration
Note: Click to enlarge.

On July 1, 1995, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (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.

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Jun 29, 2015

Hawaii and Vermont set high renewable portfolio standard targets

graph of renewerable portfolio standard targets, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration
Note: The figure includes primary renewable targets and does not adjust for additional sub-targets.

Republished June 29, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to correct an error in the map.

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.

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Jun 26, 2015

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

map of Neuquen Basin and Sichuan Basin, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration and Advanced Resources International, Inc., World Shale Gas and Shale Oil Resource Assessment

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 hydrocarbons from shale and other tight resources, but they are still short of reaching commercial production.

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Jun 25, 2015

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

graph of U.S. operable refinery capacity, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2015 Refinery Capacity Report

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 (CDU) capacity—increased by 0.2% in 2014, reaching 18.0 million barrels per calendar day (b/d), according to EIA's recently released annual Refinery Capacity Report.

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Jun 24, 2015

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

graph of Iran crude oil exports by destination, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on Lloyd's List Intelligence, Global Trade Information Services, Eurostat, and trade press
Note: Values may not add to the total because of independent rounding.
Note: OECD is the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

In early April this year, Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) 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.

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Jun 23, 2015

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

graph of monthly Brent crude spot price, oil and natural gas production jobs, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics (CES) and Brent oil spot prices from Thomson Reuters

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

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Jun 22, 2015

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

graph of crude oil imports to the U.S. Gulf Coast refineries, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Petroleum Supply Monthly

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.

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Jun 19, 2015

Europe aims for wider electricity market coordination

map of electricity imports as a share of total consumption in the EU, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Statistics
Note: Cyprus and Malta (not pictured) do not import electricity.

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. While the EU has pursued a single electricity market since 1994, Europe's Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators in 2011 made market integration one of its top priorities. To meet these goals, the EU has been working on aligning national market and network operation rules, or tariffs, for natural gas and electricity as well as making cross-border investment in energy infrastructure easier.

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