Today in Energy

Sep 29, 2016

United States exports distillate from the Gulf Coast while importing it on the East Coast

graph of U.S. distillate exports and imports by region, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Petroleum Supply Monthly

U.S. distillate exports increased 85,000 barrels per day (b/d) in 2015, reaching nearly 1.2 million b/d. Distillate exports in the first six months of 2016 have averaged 50,000 b/d more than in the first half of 2015. U.S. distillate imports, which are relatively fewer, averaged 200,000 b/d in 2015 and 157,000 b/d in the first half of 2016. Patterns of U.S. distillate trade can be explained by regional supply and demand imbalances within the East Coast and Gulf Coast regions.

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Sep 28, 2016

China expected to account for more than half of world growth in nuclear power through 2040

graph of projected nuclear electricity generation in selected regions, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Outlook 2016 and Monthly Energy Review (United States), and International Energy Outlook 2016 (all other countries)

EIA's International Energy Outlook 2016 (IEO2016) projects that total global nuclear generation will increase by 73% through 2040, from 2.6 trillion kilowatthours in 2015 to 4.5 trillion kilowatthours in 2040. Countries that are not a part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (non-OECD countries) account for 86% of this increase, with China alone making up more than 54% of total growth. China's growing nuclear fleet is expected to produce more than 1.2 trillion kilowatthours of electricity annually by 2040.

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Sep 27, 2016

Recent increases in global nuclear capacity led by Asia

graph of global nuclear capacity, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly, and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Power Reactor Information System (for countries other than the United States)

Global nuclear capacity reached 383 gigawatts (GW) in 2015, driven primarily by nuclear additions in Asia. Currently, 31 countries have nuclear power programs, totaling 441 operating reactors. An additional 60 reactors are under construction in 15 countries, adding 59 GW of electricity generating capacity over the next decade. Plans to add another 90 reactors (76 GW) have been formally transmitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by 8 countries.

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Sep 26, 2016

Weekly Energy Snapshots provides a weekly recap of EIA data visualizations

image of EIA's flickr page, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

Weekly Energy Snapshots, an album recently launched on the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Flickr page, features EIA graphs showing prices, production, inventories, trade, and other key energy data. The album, updated each Friday before noon, highlights data and statistics from the week in charts, graphs, maps, and other images.

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Sep 23, 2016

Hydrocarbon production in the Utica play increasingly targets natural gas-rich areas

graph of monthly oil and natural gas production from the Utica play, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration and DrillingInfo Inc., June 2016
Note: The two vertical axes are scaled to present oil and natural gas production in roughly energy-equivalent terms.

Production of oil and natural gas in the Appalachian Basin's Utica play—which includes both the Utica and Point Pleasant formations—has increased significantly since 2012. Monthly natural gas production from Utica wells increased from 0.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in December 2012 to more than 3.5 Bcf/d in June 2016. Oil production increased from 4,400 barrels per day (b/d) to nearly 76,000 b/d over the same period.

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Sep 22, 2016

First shipment of ethane from U.S. Gulf Coast arrives in Europe

graph of U.S. exports of ethane, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Natural Gas Monthly

Increased production of ethane in the United States has led to increased ethane exports, first by pipeline to Canada and more recently by tanker to overseas destinations. Ethane is used domestically and internationally as a key feedstock for plastics production and other industrial uses.

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Sep 21, 2016

Pipeline shutdown disrupts gasoline supply in the Southeast

map of Colonial Pipeline, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration
Note: Click to enlarge.

A partial shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline system, a major source of transportation fuels to the Southeast, has disrupted gasoline supplies, leading to higher prices and product shortages in parts of the region.

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Sep 20, 2016

EIA provides daily summary of Southern California energy conditions

graph of total Southern California load, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Southern California Daily Energy Report

The U.S. Energy Information Administration now provides a report with daily information on Southern California energy markets, the Southern California Daily Energy Report, to help give context to the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage situation. On October 23, 2015, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) detected a major leak at Aliso Canyon, an underground natural gas storage facility located 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Its 86 billion cubic feet of working natural gas capacity accounts for about two-thirds of SoCalGas' natural gas storage capacity, with deliverability estimated at 1.9 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d). Although the leaking well has been plugged, continuing limitations on the use of Aliso Canyon change the way both electricity and natural gas can be managed to meet energy demand in Southern California.

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Sep 19, 2016

The United States is both a major importer and exporter of motor gasoline

graph of motor gasoline international trade by U.S. region, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Petroleum Supply Monthly

The United States simultaneously imports and exports gasoline because of regional differences in gasoline supply and demand balances. The two regions with the largest supply and demand imbalances are the East Coast, which imported 581,000 barrels per day (b/d) of gasoline in 2015, and the Gulf Coast, which exported 551,000 b/d of gasoline in 2015.

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Sep 16, 2016

Recent energy intensity decline in government buildings exceeds commercial sector average

graph of average energy consumption per square foot, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS)

About 14% of commercial buildings in the United States are owned by a government agency at federal, state, and local levels. The latest data from EIA's Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) show these buildings have significantly reduced their energy intensity in recent years. From 2003 to 2012, the average energy intensity, or energy consumption per square foot, of government buildings decreased by 23%, from 105,300 British thermal units per square foot (Btu/sqft) to 81,200 Btu/sqft. Over the same period, the average energy intensity across all commercial buildings decreased by 12%, from 91,000 Btu/sqft to 80,000 Btu/sqft.

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