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Feb 22, 2019

EIA’s new Key Statistics and Indicators section highlights long-term state energy data

total residential energy consumption
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, State Energy Data System

EIA recently released a new Key Statistics and Indicators section in the State Energy Data System (SEDS), EIA’s comprehensive source for annual state energy statistics. The new section makes complete time-series data by state easier to access and provides state rankings tables for the most current year. Data in the Key Statistics and Indicators section cover energy consumption and production series from 1960 to 2016 and prices and expenditures series from 1970 to 2016.

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Feb 21, 2019

New methanol plants expected to increase industrial natural gas use through 2020

U.S. methanol nameplate capacity
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on data from S&P Platts

New methanol plants under development in the United States are increasing natural gas consumption in the industrial sector. Methanol plants are among the most natural gas-intensive industrial end users and require natural gas both as a feedstock and for process heat. Three new plants expected to come online in 2019 and 2020 have a combined nameplate capacity of about 3.3 million metric tons per year (MMmt/y) and would increase total U.S. methanol capacity to 9.4 MMmt/y, or 25,600 metric tons per day (mt/d)—a 45% increase from the current U.S. capacity.

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Feb 20, 2019

The basic metals industry is one of the world’s largest industrial energy users

top 5 industries using basic metals
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on World Input-Output Database
Note: Dollar values are expressed in 2010 U.S. dollars, converted based on purchasing power parity.

The industrial sector is the largest user of energy in the world, accounting for approximately 55% of world delivered energy in 2018, according to the International Energy Agency. Within the industrial sector, the basic metal industry is one of the largest energy users, accounting for 12% of global industrial sector energy use.

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Tags: industrial


Feb 19, 2019

Natural gas-fired reciprocating engines are being deployed more to balance renewables

annual utility-scale additions of selected electricity generators
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, January 2019
Note: Other includes landfill gas, biomass, and other gas.

Reciprocating internal combustion engines, which are typically used for backup, standby, or emergency power, are now becoming increasingly popular for larger utility-scale power generation applications, especially in areas with high levels of electricity generation from intermittent sources such as wind and solar. The recent increase in natural gas or dual-fuel capable reciprocating internal combustion engine units has been driven in part by advancements in engine technology that increase operational flexibility and by changes in natural gas markets that have generally provided ample supply and relatively stable fuel prices.

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Feb 15, 2019

EIA adds new play production data to shale gas and tight oil reports

graph of U.S. shale gas and tight oil production
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Natural Gas Monthly, Petroleum Supply Monthly, and Short-Term Energy Outlook, and DrillingInfo

In December 2018, U.S. shale and tight plays produced about 65 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas (70% of total U.S. dry gas production) and about 7 million barrels per day (b/d) of crude oil (60% of total U.S. oil production). A decade ago, in December 2008, shale gas and tight oil accounted for 16% of total U.S. gas production and about 12% of U.S. total crude oil production.

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Feb 14, 2019

Azerbaijan to become a more significant supplier of natural gas to Southern Europe

Azerbaijan natural gas net exports
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

Azerbaijan is an important supplier of crude oil and natural gas in the Caspian Sea region, particularly to European markets. Azerbaijan’s exports of natural gas are poised to become a more significant part of the country’s economy. Azerbaijan produced about 600 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of dry natural gas in 2017 and exported about 210 Bcf, according to EIA’s International Energy Statistics.

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Feb 13, 2019

Electricity intensity of U.S. homes and commercial buildings decreases in coming decades

U.S. residential and commercial sector electricity intensity
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Outlook 2019 Reference case, Monthly Energy Review, Commercial Buildings Consumption Surveys (1995–2012), and U.S. Census Bureau Household Estimates

In EIA’s recently released Annual Energy Outlook 2019 (AEO2019) Reference case, projected residential and commercial purchased electricity consumption grows more slowly than the number of households or total commercial floorspace. As a result, electricity intensity—the amount of electricity consumed per household or square foot of commercial floorspace—decreases by an average of 0.3% per year and 0.4% per year from 2018 through 2050 in the residential and commercial sectors, respectively.

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Feb 12, 2019

Power blocks in natural gas-fired combined-cycle plants are getting bigger

average natural gas-fired combined-cycle power block capacity

Combined-cycle electric generating systems are combustion and steam turbines that operate in groups commonly referred to as power blocks. Since 2014, the average size of a natural gas-fired combined-cycle power block has increased significantly. The average combined-cycle power block installed between 2002 and 2014 was about 500 megawatts (MW). After 2014, power block capacity increased, reaching an average of 820 MW in 2017. Power blocks have increased in size as the performance of combined-cycle units has continued to improve, and current and projected natural gas prices and supply provide a competitive advantage for the combined-cycle technology. The most common configuration involves two combustion turbines supporting one steam turbine.

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Tags: natural gas


Feb 11, 2019

Emissions from the U.S. electric power sector projected to remain mostly flat through 2050

U.S. electric power sector emissions
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Outlook 2019

EIA’s recently released Annual Energy Outlook 2019 projects that the U.S. electric power sector emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and carbon dioxide (CO2) will remain mostly flat through 2050, assuming no changes to current laws and regulations.

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Feb 8, 2019

U.S. production and use of refined coal continues to increase

refined and feedstock coal production
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Quarterly Coal Report, Q3 2018

U.S. production of refined coal, which is coal that has been processed to reduce emissions when burned, reached record highs in 2017, and it is expected to increase even further in 2018. Use of refined coal has increased despite the general decline in total U.S. coal consumption since 2008. For the first three quarters of 2018, EIA estimates that refined coal production totaled 121 million short tons (MMst), which is 21% of the total U.S. coal production of 563 million short tons.

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