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Solar photovoltaic costs are declining, but estimates vary across sources

Mar 21, 2018

Costs for utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have declined in recent years—most sources show that system costs on a per-watt basis have fallen about 10% to 15% per year from 2010 through 2016.

Electricity generation from fossil fuels declined in 2017 as renewable generation rose

Mar 20, 2018

According to EIA’s Electric Power Monthly, total U.S. net electricity generation fell slightly (down 1.5%) in 2017, reflecting lower electricity demand. Natural gas and coal generation fell by 7.7% and 2.5% from 2016, respectively, as generation from several renewable fuels, particularly hydro, wind, and solar, increased from 2016 levels.

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The United States exported more natural gas than it imported in 2017

Mar 19, 2018
The United States exported more natural gas than it imported in 2017, marking the first time since 1957 that the United States has been a net natural gas exporter.

United Kingdom Country Analysis Brief

Mar 19, 2018
United Kingdom (UK) oil and natural gas production have grown on average almost 9% and 4% per year, respectively, from 2014 through 2016. Among European countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the UK was the second-largest producer of petroleum and other liquids in 2016; only Norway produced more. The UK was the third-largest producer of natural gas in OECD Europe, surpassed only by Norway and the Netherlands.

Solar plants typically install more panel capacity relative to their inverter capacity

Mar 16, 2018
A solar photovoltaic (PV) system’s panel capacity is often reported in direct current (DC), while operating capacity in the United States is reported as it is delivered to the grid in alternating current (AC). For economic and engineering reasons, capacity values reported in DC typically are 10% to 30% higher than those reported in AC capacity.

State Energy Profiles: New monthly data for December 2017 and January 2018, new annual data, and updated Profile Analyses and Quick Facts

Mar 15, 2018
New monthly data are available for electricity, petroleum, natural gas, and coal series. New annual data are available for ethanol consumption, crude oil reserves, and expected future production of dry natural gas and natural gas plant liquids. In addition, Profile Analyses and Quick Facts have been updated for Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, and Missouri.

Wholesale Electricity and Natural Gas Market Data

Mar 15, 2018
Contains spreadsheets with wholesale electricity and natural gas data from eight major trading hubs that cover most regions of the United States. The data are through March 13, 2018, and are republished, with permission, from the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE).

U.S. crude oil exports increased and reached more destinations in 2017

Mar 15, 2018
U.S. crude oil exports grew to an average of 1.1 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2017, the second full year since restrictions on crude oil exports were removed. Crude oil exports in 2017 were nearly double the level of exports in 2016. Increased U.S. crude oil exports were supported by increasing U.S. crude oil production and expanded infrastructure.

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The value of U.S. energy exports to Mexico exceeded import value for third year in a row

Mar 14, 2018
In each of the past three years, the value of U.S. energy exports to Mexico has exceeded the value of U.S. energy imports from Mexico. Energy trade between Mexico and the United States has historically been driven by Mexico’s sales of crude oil to the United States and by U.S. exports of refined petroleum products to Mexico. As the United States has reduced crude oil imports from Mexico, the trade balance has shifted.

Venezuela’s crude oil production declines amid economic instability

Mar 13, 2018
Venezuela’s crude oil production has been on a downward trend for two decades, but it has experienced significant decreases over the past two years. Crude oil production in Venezuela decreased from 2.3 million barrels per day (b/d) in January 2016 to 1.6 million b/d in January 2018.

Drilling Productivity Report

Mar 12, 2018
The Drilling Productivity Report (DPR) uses recent data on the total number of drilling rigs in operation along with estimates of drilling productivity and estimated changes in production from existing oil and natural gas wells to provide estimated changes in oil and natural gas production for seven key regions.

S&P 500 implied volatility briefly surpassed that of crude oil in February

Mar 12, 2018
For four consecutive days in early February, stock market implied volatility surpassed crude oil price volatility for the first time since 2008. The VIX, a measure of implied volatility, or the market’s expected range of near-term price changes on Standard and Poor’s (S&P) 500 index options, closed higher than the OVX, a measure of implied volatility on crude oil options.

State Energy Data System: Coal for 2016

Mar 9, 2018
Annual state-level estimates of coal consumption, prices, and expenditures.

Investment in tight oil, oil sands, and deepwater drives long-term oil production growth

Mar 9, 2018
Upstream investment in crude oil and liquids production is highly sensitive to crude oil prices, particularly production of higher-cost resources from tight rock formations, oil sands, and offshore deepwater. In EIA’s International Energy Outlook 2017 (IEO2017) Reference case, increasing crude oil prices lead to more investment, driving production growth in these higher-cost resources.

EIA updates layers to U.S. Energy Mapping System

Mar 8, 2018
EIA’s U.S. Energy Mapping System is an interactive, comprehensive visual reference for energy infrastructure in the United States. Several layers in the system were recently updated, allowing users to see locations of several types of energy infrastructure, including wind turbines, coal mines, oil and natural gas wells, high-voltage electric transmission lines, natural gas pipelines, and U.S. border-crossing points of electric transmission lines and liquids and natural gas pipelines.

Average U.S. coal mining productivity increases as production falls

Mar 7, 2018
Coal mining productivity in the United States increased 26% over the past five years, reaching 6.8 tons per miner hour in 2017, up from 5.4 tons per miner hour in 2012, according to EIA’s Annual Coal Report and data from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

Short-Term Energy Outlook

Mar 6, 2018
North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $65 per barrel (b) in February, a decrease of $4/b from the January level and the first month-over-month average decrease since June 2017. EIA forecasts Brent spot prices will average about $62/b in both 2018 and 2019 compared with an average of $54/b in 2017.

Positive U.S. ethanol margins are driving ethanol production growth

Mar 6, 2018
Estimated ethanol production margins at U.S. corn ethanol plants averaged 22 cents per gallon (gal) in 2017. Last year was the fifth consecutive year that margins have averaged more than 20 cents/gal, which has helped drive consistent ethanol production growth over that period.

Middle East countries plan to add nuclear to their generation mix

Mar 5, 2018
Nuclear electricity generation capacity in the Middle East is expected to increase from 3.6 gigawatts (GW) in 2018 to 14.1 GW by 2028 because of new construction starts and recent agreements between Middle East countries and nuclear vendors. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will lead near-term growth by installing 5.4 GW of nuclear capacity by 2020.

Sudan and South Sudan Country Analysis Brief

Mar 5, 2018
South Sudan was officially recognized as an independent nation state in July 2011 following a referendum held in January 2011, when the South Sudanese voted overwhelmingly in favor of secession. Since the split, Sudan and South Sudan’s oil production has declined because of continued domestic political instability and conflict between the two countries.

West Coast jet fuel imports increase to meet growing demand

Mar 2, 2018
Net imports of jet fuel into the West Coast have increased in recent years as regional jet fuel consumption has outpaced production. States in the West Coast region—those bordering the Pacific Ocean plus Nevada and Arizona—make up about 20% of the U.S. population but account for nearly a third of U.S. jet fuel consumption. Most of these jet fuel imports have come from refineries in Asia.

Petroleum Marketing Monthly

Mar 1, 2018
The March 2018 Petroleum Marketing Monthly (PMM), with data through December 2017, presents monthly and annual price and volume statistics covering crude oil and refined products sales in the United States.

Wholesale Electricity and Natural Gas Market Data

Mar 1, 2018
Contains spreadsheets with wholesale electricity and natural gas data from eight major trading hubs that cover most regions of the United States. The data are through February 27, 2018, and are republished, with permission, from the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE).

Natural gas expected to remain most-consumed fuel in the U.S. industrial sector

Mar 1, 2018
EIA expects a 40% increase in natural gas consumed in the U.S. industrial sector, from 9.8 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in 2017 to 13.7 quadrillion Btu in 2050, according to the Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018) Reference case. By 2020, industrial natural gas consumption will surpass the previous record set in the early 1970s, according to the AEO2018 Reference case.

Petroleum Supply Monthly

Feb 28, 2018
Supply and disposition of crude oil and petroleum products on a national and regional level. The data series describe production, imports and exports, movements, and inventories.

Company Level Imports

Feb 28, 2018
Imports data at the company level collected from the EIA-814 Monthly Imports Report.

U.S. Movements of Crude Oil By Rail

Feb 28, 2018
Monthly data on rail movements of crude oil have been updated for December 2017. Crude oil movements by rail have significantly increased over the past five years. The data on crude-by-rail (CBR) movements are also fully integrated with EIA’s existing monthly petroleum supply statistics, which already include crude oil movements by pipeline, tanker, and barge.

Monthly Biodiesel Production Report

Feb 28, 2018
Monthly national and regional biodiesel production data for December 2017. In addition to biodiesel production, data included producer sales, producer stocks, and feedstock inputs.

Monthly Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production

Feb 28, 2018
These monthly production estimates are based on data from the EIA-914, Monthly Crude Oil, Lease Condensate, and Natural Gas Production Report.

Natural Gas Monthly

Feb 28, 2018
In December 2017, for the seventh consecutive month, dry natural gas production increased year-to-year from the same month a year ago. The preliminary level for dry natural gas production in December 2017 was 2,427 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or 78.3 Bcf/day. This level was 7.1 Bcf/day (10.0%) higher than the December 2016 level of 71.2 Bcf/day. The average daily rate of dry natural gas production for December was the highest for any month since EIA began tracking monthly dry production in 1973.

The design and application of utility-scale battery storage varies by region

Feb 28, 2018
About two-thirds of utility-scale battery storage power capacity installed in 2016 in the United States is located in two electricity markets: the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), which covers much of California, and the PJM Interconnection, which covers all or parts of 13 eastern states and the District of Columbia. Utility-scale battery systems have been installed in these markets for different reasons.

Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report

Feb 28, 2018
Data for wood pellet and other densified biomass fuel production, sales, and inventory levels from approximately 90 operating pellet fuel manufacturing facilities in the United States. Facilities with an annual capacity of 10,000 tons or more per year are required to report monthly.

Electricity Monthly Update

Feb 27, 2018
This month’s Electric Monthly Update report contains a feature article on how utility-scale electric batteries differ widely on their discharge duration.

Natural gas power plants purchase fuel using different types of contracts

Feb 27, 2018
Most natural gas-fired power plants in the continental United States fulfill all of their fuel requirements through firm contracts that obligate the natural gas producer and the pipeline operator to send the natural gas to the power plant when requested. These power plants reported receiving 71% of the natural gas purchased by power plants in 2016.

Electric Power Monthly

Feb 27, 2018
Data in the February 2018 Electric Power Monthly (EPM) are for December 2017, during which net generation in the United States rose 0.2 percent from the December 2016 level. Consumption of natural gas for power generation was up 14.4 percent compared to December 2016. The average residential retail price of electricity for December 2017 was up 2.2 percent from what it had been in December 2016.

Monthly Energy Review

Feb 26, 2018
EIA's comprehensive report on recent integrated energy statistics. Preliminary estimates indicate that in November 2017, total energy consumption in the U.S. commercial sector equaled 1.5 quadrillion Btu, a 6% increase from November 2016.

U.S. uranium production in 2017 was the lowest since 2004

Feb 26, 2018
U.S. uranium concentrate production totaled 2.44 million pounds in 2017, down 16% from 2016 and the lowest annual total since 2.28 million pounds of uranium concentrate was produced in 2004. Domestic concentrate production peaked at 43.7 million pounds in 1980 but has remained below 5 million pounds annually since 1997.

State Energy Data System: Natural gas for 2016

Feb 23, 2018
Annual state-level estimates of natural gas consumption, prices, and expenditures.

China becomes world’s second largest LNG importer, behind Japan

Feb 23, 2018
China surpassed South Korea to become the world’s second largest importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2017, according to data from IHS Markit and official Chinese government statistics. Chinese imports of LNG averaged 5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2017, exceeded only by Japanese imports of 11 Bcf/d.

Prime Supplier Report

Feb 22, 2018
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data through December 2017 on Form EIA-782C, "Monthly Report of Prime Supplier Sales of Petroleum Products Sold for Local Consumption." These data measure primary petroleum product deliveries into the states where they are locally marketed and consumed.

Tight oil remains the leading source of future U.S. crude oil production

Feb 22, 2018
EIA's recently released Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018) Reference case projects that U.S. tight oil production will generally increase through the early 2040s, when it will surpass 8.2 million barrels per day (b/d) and account for nearly 70% of total U.S. production. Tight oil production made up 54% of the U.S total in 2017

Planned Refinery Outages in the United States: December 2017 – June 2018

Feb 22, 2018
In this report, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) examines U.S. refinery outages planned for December 2017 through June 2018 and the implications for available refinery production capacity, petroleum product markets, and the supply of gasoline, diesel fuel, and jet fuel. EIA’s dissemination of this analysis is intended to benefit market participants who may otherwise be unable to access such information. The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) latest analysis of planned refinery outages for the period from December 2017 through June 2018 finds that such outages are not expected to cause a shortfall in the supply of petroleum products—including gasoline, jet fuel, and distillate fuel—relative to expected demand, either nationally or within any U.S. region.

Recent legislation mandates additional sales of U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve crude oil

Feb 21, 2018
Recent legislation has directed the sale of more than 100 million barrels of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in U.S. government fiscal years (FY) 2022 through 2027. Based on legislated sales established in multiple acts of Congress, the SPR could decline by about 40% in the coming decade while still meeting requirements for petroleum import coverage.

U.S. ethane consumption, exports to increase as new petrochemical plants come online

Feb 20, 2018
Over the next two years, EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) projects growth in U.S. consumption of ethane in the petrochemical industry will exceed increases in consumption of all other petroleum and liquid products—such as motor gasoline, distillate, and jet fuel—combined.

The Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS) final set of tables

Feb 20, 2018
The third and final release of 2014 MECS tables is now available. The new tables include establishment counts corresponding to already-published energy consumption quantities; expanded counts of establishments participating in energy-management programs; counts of establishments with certain cogeneration and other general technologies; floorspace and number of buildings; and counts of fuel-switching including the price difference necessary to induce a switch to another energy source.

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