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Dec 15, 2017

U.S. biodiesel production still increasing despite expiration of tax credit

graph of U.S. monthly biodiesel, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Biodiesel Production Report

Through the first nine months of 2017, U.S. biodiesel production levels were slightly higher than 2016 levels, despite the expiration of a federal biodiesel blender's tax credit at the end of 2016. Domestic biodiesel production may continue to increase because of changes to import policies such as those recently announced by the U.S. Department of Commerce on biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia.

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Dec 14, 2017

Production from offshore pre-salt oil deposits has increased Brazil’s oil production

graph of top ten global producers of petroleum and other liquids, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Statistics

Brazil has produced 3.3 million barrels per day (b/d) of petroleum and other liquids so far in 2017, according to data through August, up from 3.2 million b/d in 2016, making it the ninth-largest producer of petroleum and other liquids in the world. Production of crude oil in Brazil increased in recent years as producers targeted large, offshore, pre-salt oil deposits. Brazil’s pre-salt oil production in 2016 reached a record 1.02 million b/d, surpassing the 2015 production level by 33%.

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Dec 13, 2017

Utility solar photovoltaic capacity is dominated by crystalline silicon panel technology

graph of U.S. solar photovoltaic electric generating capacity by panel material, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Electric Generator Report

Most of the growing number of installations of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) operating capacity across the United States have been systems that make use of crystalline silicon panels. In 2016, 70% of U.S. utility-scale PV capacity used crystalline silicon modules. Thin-film technology accounted for 28% of capacity.

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Dec 12, 2017

Refined coal has made up nearly one-fifth of coal-fired power generation so far in 2017

graph of U.S. power sector coal consumption, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Power Plant Operations Report

The U.S. power sector consumption of coal is increasingly shifting to refined coal, even as coal-fired electricity generation decreases. Use of refined coal has increased from 17% of power sector coal consumption in 2016 to 19% so far in 2017, based on data through September. Refined coal has been processed to remove certain pollutants from raw, or feedstock, coal. Electricity generators fueled by refined coal can produce fewer emissions than those fueled by feedstock coal alone.

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Dec 11, 2017

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions decreased in most states from 2005 to 2015

graph of per capita energy-related carbon dioxide emissions by state, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, State Carbon Dioxide Emissions Data
Note: Click to see data for all states.
Note: Per capita emissions calculated by dividing total energy-related CO2 by state population.

The United States has a diverse energy landscape that is reflected in differences in state-level emissions profiles. Between 2005 and 2015, energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions decreased in 43 states (including the District of Columbia) and increased in 8 states. On a per capita basis, energy-related CO2 emissions decreased in 49 states (including the District of Columbia) and increased in 2 states (Louisiana and Nebraska) between 2005 and 2015. EIA’s latest data on state-level energy-related CO2 emissions include data organized by fuel and by sector.

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Dec 8, 2017

India’s steel industry, like America’s, is dominated by electric-based processes

graph of global steel production, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on World Steel Association, World Steel In Figures 2017

India is the third-largest steel producer in the world after China and Japan, having surpassed other large steel-making countries such as the United States, Russia, and South Korea over the previous decade, according to the World Steel Association. In 2016, about 57% of India’s steel was produced using electric-based methods, which is the second-highest proportion of electric-based steel production among major steel producers, behind only the United States. Most other large producers use basic oxygen steelmaking processes.

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Dec 7, 2017

U.S. liquefied natural gas exports have increased as new facilities come online

graph of U.S. liquefied natural gas exports and export capacity, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Natural Gas Monthly (data for October and November 2017 are EIA estimates based on tanker loads)

In August 2017, total U.S. natural gas liquefaction capacity in the Lower 48 states increased to 2.8 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) following the completion of the fourth liquefaction unit at the Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Louisiana. With increasing liquefaction capacity and utilization, U.S. LNG exports averaged 1.9 Bcf/d, and capacity utilization averaged 80% this year, based on data through November.

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Dec 6, 2017

Nearly half of all U.S. electricity customers have smart meters

graph of smart electricity meter installations, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Electric Power Industry Report

Installations of smart meters have more than doubled since 2010—almost half of all U.S. electricity customer accounts now have smart meters. By the end of 2016, U.S. electric utilities had installed about 71 million advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) smart meters, covering 47% of the 150 million electricity customers in the United States.

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Dec 5, 2017

Natural gas power generation share grew in Southern states for a decade as coal declined

graph of electricity generation in the South census region, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly

Coal’s share of total electricity generation in the South declined over the past decade, from 50% in 2006 to 29% in 2016. As the use of coal has declined, the use of natural gas has increased. In 2016, southern states used natural gas for 42% of their electricity generation, a bigger share than the U.S. average of 34%.

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Dec 4, 2017

Appalachia region drives growth in U.S. natural gas production since 2012

graph of natural gas gross withdrawals in selected regions, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Drilling Productivity Report and Natural Gas Monthly, November 2017

Shale gas production in the Appalachia region has increased rapidly since 2012, driving an overall increase in U.S. natural gas production. According to EIA’s Drilling Productivity Report, natural gas production in the Appalachia region—namely the Marcellus and Utica shale plays—has increased by more than 14 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) since 2012. Overall Appalachian natural gas production grew from 7.8 Bcf/d in 2012 to 22.1 Bcf/d in 2016 and was 23.8 Bcf/d in 2017, based on EIA data through October 2017.

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