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Posted July 20, 2018Today in Energy

Major utilities continue to increase spending on U.S. electric distribution systems ›

Spending on electricity distribution systems by major U.S. electric utilities—representing about 70% of total U.S. electric load—has risen 54% over the past two decades, from $31 billion to $51 billion annually. This increase has been largely driven by increases in capital investment. From 1996 to 2017, annual capital investment by these utilities for electric distribution systems nearly doubled, which was similar to increases in transmission investment over the same time period. More

annual electric distribution system costs for major U.S. utilities

Source: EIA, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Financial Reports, as accessed by Ventyx Velocity Suite

Data Highlights

WTI crude oil futures price

7/19/2018: $69.46/barrel

down$0.87 from week earlier
up$22.34 from year earlier

Natural gas futures price

7/19/2018: $2.769/MMBtu

down$0.028 from week earlier
down$0.297 from year earlier

Weekly coal production

7/14/2018: 14.476 million tons

up1.525 million tons from week earlier
up0.101 million tons from year earlier

Natural gas inventories

7/13/2018: 2,249 Bcf

up46 Bcf from week earlier
down710 Bcf from year earlier

Crude oil inventories

7/13/2018: 411.1 million barrels

up5.8 million barrels from week earlier
down79.5 million barrels from year earlier