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Jun 18, 2018

Adoption of autonomous vehicles could increase U.S. transportation energy consumption

light-duty vehicle miles traveled, new light-duty vehicle compliance fuel economy, and light-duty vehicle energy consumption, as explained in the article text

Autonomous vehicles are one of the main sources of uncertainty in the future of U.S. transportation energy consumption, as autonomous vehicle technology has the potential to change travel behavior, vehicle design, energy efficiency, and vehicle ownership. Analysis in EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018) shows that the widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles could increase overall light-duty vehicle travel and, depending on how those vehicles are powered, lead to slightly higher transportation energy consumption.

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Jun 15, 2018

EIA expects Brent crude prices will average $71 per barrel in 2018, $68 per barrel in 2019

monthly crude oil spot prices, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Short-Term Energy Outlook

In the June 2018 update of its Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA forecasts Brent crude oil prices will average $71 per barrel (b) in 2018 and $68/b in 2019. The updated 2019 forecast price is $2/b higher than in the May STEO. Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $77/b in May, an increase of $5/b from April and the highest monthly average price since November 2014. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) prices are forecast to average almost $7/b lower than Brent prices in 2018 and $6/b lower in 2019.

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Jun 14, 2018

Development of Alaska’s ANWR would increase U.S. crude oil production after 2030

U.S. crude oil production, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Outlook 2018, Analysis of Projected Crude Oil Production in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

In December 2017, the passage of Public Law 115-97 required the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to establish and administer a competitive oil and natural gas program for the leasing, development, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas in and from the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Previously, ANWR was effectively under a drilling moratorium. Three sensitivity cases in EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2018 explore the effect of this law on U.S. crude oil production.

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Jun 13, 2018

Rise in U.S. exports of jet fuel driven by Latin American and Caribbean countries

U.S. annual jet fuel gross exports, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Petroleum Supply Monthly

The United States exported 186,000 barrels per day (b/d) of jet fuel in 2017, the eleventh consecutive year of increasing gross jet fuel exports. Almost two-thirds (62%) of U.S. jet fuel exports went to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, especially Mexico. Relatively high domestic production and a growing international aviation industry have established the United States as a net exporter of jet fuel for the seventh straight year.

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Jun 12, 2018

Power marketers are increasing their share of U.S. retail electricity sales

U.S. retail sales of electricity by ownership of provider, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, electricity power sales, revenue, and energy efficiency data from Form EIA-861

Competitive power marketers supplied about 21% of the retail electricity sold in the United States in 2016, up from 11% in 2005. The share of retail electricity sales of regulated investor-owned utilities fell from 62% in 2005 to 52% in 2016. This shift was driven by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which repealed the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 and closed the original federal regulatory structure established by New Deal-era legislation, which was a combination of public financial reforms and regulations in the 1930s.

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Jun 11, 2018

Global LNG trade continues to grow, especially from Australia and the United States

liquefied natural gas exports in selected countries, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers, Annual Reports, 2014-18

Republished June 14, 2018, to remove a figure.

Global trade in liquefied natural gas (LNG) reached 38.2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2017, a 10% (3.5 Bcf/d) increase from 2016 and the largest annual volume increase since 2010, according to the Annual Report on LNG trade by the International Association of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers (GIIGNL). In 2017, there were 19 LNG exporting countries and 40 LNG importing countries. Australia and the United States were among the countries with the largest increases (2.7 Bcf/d combined) in 2017 LNG exports.

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Jun 8, 2018

Southern California’s natural gas infrastructure may face constraints this summer

daily SoCalGas system sendout, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on Southern California Gas Company and Aliso Canyon Technical Assessment Group

Updated to correct pipeline maintenance schedule.

Regional natural gas infrastructure issues in Southern California could affect electricity reliability this summer, according to separate studies recently released by the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and the Aliso Canyon Technical Assessment Group. Depending on natural gas infrastructure changes and storage operations this summer, these issues could also have implications for the upcoming winter.

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Jun 7, 2018

U.S. households with more vehicles travel more but use additional vehicles less

average annual vehicle miles per household, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 2017 National Household Travel Survey

Households in the United States with more vehicles not only travel more, but they often put more miles on their most-used (primary) vehicle compared with households with fewer vehicles, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s National Household Travel Survey (NHTS). Households with just one vehicle drove an average of about 11,100 miles per year, while households with more than five vehicles traveled a total of about 41,800 miles; each additional vehicle within a household had less average use. About two-thirds of households have either one or two vehicles.

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Jun 6, 2018

Distillate fuel oil was the most exported U.S. petroleum product in 2017

U.S. petroleum product exports, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Petroleum Supply Monthly

Distillate fuel continued to be the most exported U.S. petroleum product in 2017, averaging 1.4 million barrels per day (b/d) of gross exports. U.S. distillate exports went to 79 different destinations in 2017, particularly to markets in Central America, South America, and Europe. The proximity of U.S. Gulf Coast refineries to Mexico and to Central and South America combined with high demand in these regions led to higher U.S. distillate exports to these locations.

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Jun 5, 2018

EIA’s residential energy survey now includes estimates for more than 20 new end uses

residential electricity consumption by end use, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey

Results from the 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) introduced estimates of energy consumption for an expanded list of energy end uses. For electricity, the number of end uses estimated has expanded from 4 to 26 by adding estimates for equipment such as dishwashers, clothes washers, clothes dryers, televisions, and lighting.

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