Current Issues & Trends

Past Issues & Trends

New database provides monthly inventory and status of U.S. electric generating plants December 15, 2015

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Pacific Northwest electricity mix influenced by weather conditions, El Nino December 4, 2015

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Texas expected to keep breaking records for wind generation as wind capacity grows November 4, 2015

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Axis-tracking technologies improve photovoltaic system capacity factors October 27, 2015

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India likely to experience continued growth in electricity use for air conditioning October 27, 2015


Indonesia has significant potential to increase geothermal electricity production October 19, 2015


Nationwide, electricity generation from coal falls while natural gas rises October 7, 2015

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Household heating costs are expected to be lower than previous two winters October 6, 2015

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Hurricane Joaquin may cause problems for East Coast energy infrastructure October 2, 2015


U.S. nuclear outages were less than 3% of capacity this summer September 28, 2015

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Natural gas use features two seasonal peaks per year September 11, 2015

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Electric generator capacity factors vary widely across the world September 8, 2015

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Alaska increases wind power capacity in utility-scale and distributed-scale projects September 1, 2015


Domestic market for distributed wind turbines faces several challenges August 27, 2015


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


Texas electric grid serves record-high power demand August 17, 2015

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Coal, nuclear, and renewables expected to boost Vietnam’s electricity capacity August 3, 2015

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Electricity from natural gas surpasses coal for first time, but just for one month July 31, 2015

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Residential solar PV capacity surpasses commercial solar PV capacity in 2014 July 27, 2015

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Natural gas salt-facility storage serves special gas market needs July 27, 2015

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Power-to-gas brings a new focus to the issue of energy storage from renewable sources July 24, 2015

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U.S. nuclear outages are low during summer peak electricity demand season July 17, 2015


California grid expected to maintain reliability despite drought July 6, 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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Europe aims for wider electricity market coordination June 19, 2015


EIA's mapping system highlights energy infrastructure across the United States June 16, 2015

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Levelized cost comparisons help explain value of various electric generation technologies June 3, 2015


Electric utilities invest in enhanced distribution system efficiency May 28, 2015

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Proposed Clean Power Plan rule cuts power sector CO2 emissions to lowest level since 1980s May 26, 2015

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Nonpetroleum share of transportation energy at highest level since 1954 May 18, 2015

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Projected electric capacity additions are below recent historical levels May 11, 2015

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


April natural gas consumption for Pacific Northwest power generation is triple the year-ago level April 30, 2015

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The number of electric smart meters operating in two-way mode has surpassed the number of one-way smart meters April 27, 2015

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UK's renewable energy targets drive increases in U.S. wood pellet exports April 22, 2015

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EIA's Annual Energy Outlook will be released later today April 14, 2015


California’s continued drought, reduced snowpack mean lower hydropower output April 9, 2015


Nonhydro electricity storage increasing as new policies are implemented April 9, 2015


Average bills for residential customers rise in 2013 March 27, 2015


California first state to generate more than 5% of electricity from utility-scale solar March 24, 2015

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Growth in residential electricity prices highest in 6 years, but expected to slow in 2015 March 16, 2015


Scheduled 2015 capacity additions mostly wind and natural gas; retirements mostly coal March 10, 2015

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New England Residential Electricity Rates Rise in 2013 and 2014 March 4, 2015

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Wind generates more than 10% of Texas electricity in 2014 February 19, 2015

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New England generation fuel mix changes likely as Vermont Yankee nuclear plant retires February 2, 2015


Led by growth in Texas, the Southeast, and Northeast, power burn is headed for a January record January 29, 2015

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Vermont Yankee nuclear facility retires after 42 years of commercial operation January 26, 2015

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Northern Maine considers options to gain direct access to New England electric grid January 22, 2015


NERC assessment examines winter power system reliability, fuel diversity January 20, 2015

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Wholesale power prices increase across the country in 2014 January 12, 2015

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Electric power plant coal stockpile levels remain lower than in previous years December 23, 2014

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Power sector employment declines, except for renewable electricity generators December 19, 2014


Several states are adding or increasing incentives for electric vehicle charging stations December 11, 2014


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


Increased solar and wind electricity generation in California are changing net load shapes December 9, 2014

CaliforniaISO (independent system operator)RTO (regional transmission organization)generating capacitygenerationrenewablessolarstateswholesale powerwind

Almost all U.S. nuclear plants require life extension past 60 years to operate beyond 2050 December 8, 2014

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The Use of Natural Gas Fired Internal Combustion Engines has Increased Significantly since 2002 November 25, 2014

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Solar photovoltaic output depends on orientation, tilt, and tracking November 19, 2014


European residential electricity prices increasing faster than prices in United States November 18, 2014

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Rail shipments of oil and petroleum products through October up 13% over year-ago period November 13, 2014

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After record injections, natural gas storage levels now within 7% of 5-year average November 7, 2014

STEO (Short-Term Energy Outlook)forecasts/projectionsgenerationinventories/stocksnatural gasstorageweather

Coal stockpiles at coal-fired power plants smaller than in recent years November 6, 2014

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission resumes license renewals for nuclear power plants October 29, 2014


Record solar output from utility-scale facilities due to photovoltaics in June 2014 October 24, 2014


Electricity distribution investments rose over the past two decades October 24, 2014


Lower electricity-related CO2 emissions reflect lower carbon intensity and electricity use October 23, 2014

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Less severe weather means lower expected household heating bills this winter October 7, 2014

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California drought leads to less hydropower, increased natural gas generation October 6, 2014

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California’s subhourly wholesale electricity market opens to systems outside its footprint September 30, 2014

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

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Participation growth in Illinois residential retail choice programs has leveled off since March 2013 September 25, 2014


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

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Saudi Arabia uses largest amount of crude oil for power generation since 2010 September 24, 2014

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Natural gas, solar, and wind lead power plant capacity additions in first-half 2014 September 9, 2014

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Geothermal resources used to produce renewable electricity in western states September 8, 2014

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Electricity transmission investments vary by region September 3, 2014


Residential electricity prices are rising September 2, 2014

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Investment in electricity transmission infrastructure shows steady increase August 26, 2014


New England relying more on natural gas along with hydroelectric imports from Canada August 22, 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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Reasons for projected natural gas-fired generation growth vary by region August 15, 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


Nonhydro renewables now routinely surpass hydropower generation July 31, 2014

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EIA projects modest needs for new electric generation capacity July 16, 2014

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EIA projections show hydro growth limited by economics not resources July 10, 2014

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The Columbia River Basin provides more than 40% of total U.S. hydroelectric generation June 27, 2014

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California continues to set daily records for utility scale solar energy June 25, 2014

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Fewer wind curtailments and negative power prices seen in Texas after major grid expansion June 24, 2014

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Texas hits new peak wind output June 23, 2014

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NERC’s Summer Reliability Assessment highlights regional electricity capacity margins June 20, 2014

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Hydropower supplies more than three-quarters of Brazil’s electric power June 17, 2014

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Railroad deliveries continue to provide the majority of coal shipments to the power sector June 11, 2014

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Power sector CO2 emissions sensitive to policy changes and natural gas supply June 9, 2014

AEO (Annual Energy Outlook)AEO2014CO2 (carbon dioxide)electric generationelectricity generating fuel mixemissionsforecasts/projections

Recent trends in energy-related CO2 emissions vary across regions and states June 3, 2014

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Privately owned generators play a growing role in Mexico’s electricity supply May 30, 2014

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U.S. consumers’ energy spending rose this winter May 21, 2014

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

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Industrial facilities get most of their electricity from the grid May 19, 2014


Many industrial electricity customers are farmers May 12, 2014


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

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Implications of low electricity demand growth April 30, 2014

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Variations in AEO2014 renewable electricity projections April 29, 2014

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Implications of accelerated power plant retirements April 28, 2014

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Projected CO2 emissions vary with coal and nuclear power plant retirements April 28, 2014

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Many newer power plants have cooling systems that reuse water February 11, 2014

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

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Petroleum's share of Florida's electric generation mix dwindles as natural gas grows December 18, 2013

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Electricity in the Mid-Atlantic region is predominantly fueled by coal and nuclear sources November 18, 0213

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Renewable generation provides a growing share of California’s electricity September 23, 2013

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Nuclear outages begin to increase with the start of the fall refueling season September 13, 2013


Vermont Yankee nuclear plant closure in 2014 will challenge New England energy markets September 6, 2013

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The U.S. relies on foreign uranium, enrichment services to fuel its nuclear power plants August 28, 2013


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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