Today in Energy

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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Sep 15, 2016

Electricity customers’ service restored in Tallahassee after Hurricane Hermine

graph of city of Tallahassee balancing authority hourly electricity demand, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Electric System Operating Data

Many electric customers lost service as Hurricane Hermine made landfall in Florida and moved over portions of several southern states in early September. Electricity use in the city of Tallahassee, Florida, dropped rapidly in the hours after the hurricane's landfall around midnight on September 2, falling to less than 20% of forecast normal hourly demand. Service was not back to near normal levels until at least three days later.

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Sep 14, 2016

EIA now provides estimates of drilled but uncompleted wells in major production regions

graph of drilled and uncompleted wells in selected regions, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Drilling Productivity Report, September 2016

Starting this month, EIA's Drilling Productivity Report (DPR) includes monthly estimates of the number of drilled but uncompleted wells (DUCs) in the seven DPR regions. Estimates will go through the prior month; the September DPR includes estimates through August.

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Sep 13, 2016

Five and a half years after Fukushima, 3 of Japan’s 54 nuclear reactors are operating

graph of current status of nuclear capacity in Japan, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, and IAEA Power Reactor Information System

Since the accident at Fukushima Daiichi in March 2011 and the subsequent shutdown of nuclear reactors in Japan, five reactors have received approval to restart operations under the new safety standards imposed by Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA). Only three of those reactors are currently operating. Applications for the restart of 21 other reactors, including 1 under construction, are under review by the NRA. Some reactors that meet the new NRA safety standards and have been approved to restart continue to face legal or political opposition that may delay or forestall their restart.

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Sep 12, 2016

EIA data show average frequency and duration of electric power outages

graph of electric power service interruptions by utility type, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Electric Power Industry Report (EIA-861) 2015 early release

Republished 11:40 a.m. September 12, 2016, to correct the graph title.

Interruptions in electricity service vary by frequency and duration throughout the country across the many electric distribution systems that serve roughly 145 million customers in the United States. Although some distribution customers have backup generators that provide auxiliary power, most customers are simply without electricity when outages occur.

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