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Independent energy assessments confirm quality of EIA's commercial buildings data December 16, 2015


Heating oil and propane prices are lower this winter December 10, 2015

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Energy use by federal agencies continues to decline December 7, 2015

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EIA electricity data now include estimated small-scale solar PV capacity and generation December 2, 2015

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U.S. gasoline prices this Thanksgiving are the lowest in seven years November 25, 2015


U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions up 1% in 2014 as buildings, transport energy use rises November 24, 2015

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Passenger travel accounts for most of world transportation energy use November 19, 2015

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Increased recycling may reduce metals sector energy use in China October 28, 2015

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Chinese policies aim to increase energy efficiency in buildings October 26, 2015

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Coal use in China is slowing September 17, 2015


Recent statistical revisions suggest higher historical coal consumption in China September 16, 2015


U.S. job market and automotive sales trends support growth in gasoline use September 15, 2015


India’s coal industry in flux as government sets ambitious coal production targets August 25, 2015


Consensus process provides alternate approach to energy efficiency standard development July 21, 2015

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Fossil fuels have made up at least 80% of U.S. fuel mix since 1900 July 2, 2015

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EIA celebrates 20 years on the Internet June 30, 2015

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Bulk chemical feedstock use a key part of increasing industrial energy demand May 29, 2015

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Renewables share of U.S. energy consumption highest since 1930s May 28, 2015

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Average size of new commercial buildings in United States continues to grow May 8, 2015


EIA's CBECS is the nation's only comprehensive survey of commercial buildings May 6, 2015


Natural gas, renewables projected to provide larger shares of electricity generation May 4, 2015

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Households with more vehicles travel more April 16, 2015


Updated Buildings Sector Appliance and Equipment Costs and Efficiency April 15, 2015

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Voluntary agreement continues to reduce energy consumption of television set-top boxes March 2, 2015


Energy efficiency improvements have largely offset effect of more, larger homes February 18, 2015

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Proposed efficiency standard may eliminate noncondensing gas furnaces February 17, 2015

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Assessment of Interval Data and Their Potential Application to Residential Electricity End-Use Modeling, An February 10, 2015

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Defense Department energy use falls to lowest level since at least 1975 February 5, 2015

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Energy consumption by U.S. government at lowest level since at least 1975 February 4, 2015


Drivers of U.S. Household Energy Consumption, 1980-2009 February 3, 2015

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Upcoming Super Bowl will be first to be lit with energy-efficient LED lights January 30, 2015


Gasoline prices tend to have little effect on demand for car travel December 15, 2014

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California leads the nation in the adoption of electric vehicles December 10, 2014


Issues in International Energy Consumption Analysis: Electricity Usage in India’s Housing Sector November 7, 2014


LED light bulbs keep improving in efficiency and quality November 4, 2014

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Price Elasticities for Energy Use in Buildings of the United States October 22, 2014

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Consumer energy expenditures are 5% of disposable income, below long-term average October 21, 2014


Energy for growing and harvesting crops is a large component of farm operating costs October 17, 2014

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Behavioral Economics Applied to Energy Demand Analysis: A Foundation October 15, 2014

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Lower petrochemical use of propane driven by wider price spread between propane and ethane October 9, 2014

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Propane use for crop drying depends on weather and corn markets as well as crop size October 2, 2014

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New Eagle Ford wells continue to show higher production September 29, 2014

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Minimum efficiency standards for electric motors will soon increase September 26, 2014

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Everywhere but Northeast, fewer homes choose natural gas as heating fuel September 25, 2014

RECS (Residential Energy Consumption Survey)buildingsconsumption/demanddailyelectricityexports/importsnatural gasresidential

EIA's forecast of 2014 gasoline use has risen 2 billion gallons (1.6%) in past 10 months September 10, 2014

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Hawaii and U.S. Territories aim to increase fuel diversity with LNG imports August 19, 2014

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Steam coal imports remain down sharply from historic high in 2007 August 13, 2014

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Metal-based durables manufacturers are fueled by electricity and natural gas August 1, 2014


Fuel economy and average vehicle cost vary significantly across vehicle types July 22, 2014

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Light-duty vehicles’ share of transportation energy use is projected to fall July 18, 2014

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Fuel economy improvements show diminishing returns in fuel savings July 11, 2014


Extending residential energy policies affects some end uses more than others July 1, 2014

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Domestic production satisfies 84% of total U.S. energy demand in 2013 June 2, 2014

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Industrial onsite electricity concentrated in chemicals, oil, and paper manufacturing May 20, 2014

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Norway supplies more than 20% of Europe’s natural gas needs May 16, 2014

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China produces and consumes almost as much coal as the rest of the world combined May 14, 2014


Recycling is the primary energy efficiency technology for aluminum and steel manufacturing May 9, 2014


Industrial sector drives increase in North Dakota electricity sales May 8, 2014

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Lower U.S. electricity demand growth would reduce fossil fuels’ projected generation share April 30, 2014

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Implications of lower natural gas prices on industrial production April 23, 2014

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No Sunset and Extended Policies cases April 21, 2014

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Light-duty vehicle energy demand: demographics and travel behavior April 16, 2014

AEO (Annual Energy Outlook)AEO2014CO2 (carbon dioxide)emissionsforecasts/projectionsvehicles

Net energy imports in 2013 lowest in more than 20 years April 2, 2014

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Biofuels production drives growth in overall biomass energy use over past decade March 18, 2014

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Energy trade is a key part of overall U.S. trade flows February 24, 2014

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State Energy Profiles enhanced and renewables sections added December 19, 2013

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EIA projects world energy consumption will increase 56% by 2040 July 25, 2013

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Energy sources have changed throughout the history of the United States July 3, 2013

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