Today in Energy

Jun 27, 2017

U.S. exports of crude oil and petroleum products have more than doubled since 2010

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

Updated June 27 at 11:00 a.m. to correct units in several charts.

U.S. crude oil and petroleum product gross exports have more than doubled over the past six years, increasing from 2.4 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2010 to 5.2 million b/d in 2016. Exports of distillate, gasoline, propane, and crude oil have all increased, but at different paces and for different reasons.

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Jun 26, 2017

Future coal production depends on resources and technology, not just policy choices

graph of U.S. coal production, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Outlook 2017

EIA projects that trends in coal production in the United States could range from flat to continuing declines through 2040. Electric power generation accounts for more than 92% of U.S. coal demand, and domestic coal production has declined significantly over the past decade as coal has been displaced by natural gas and renewables in electric generation.

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Jun 23, 2017

U.S. uranium production, prices, and employment all fell in 2016

graph of U.S. uranium concentrate production, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Review and Domestic Uranium Production Report

Production of U.S. uranium concentrate decreased 40% between 2014 and 2016 to 2.9 million pounds U3O8 in 2016, the lowest annual total since 2005. Uranium production has been affected by falling uranium prices, with spot prices falling from $34 per pound (lb) in January 2016 to $18/lb in November, the lowest uranium spot price since May 2004.

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Jun 22, 2017

Earthquake trends in Oklahoma and other states likely related to wastewater injection

graph of all earthquakes with a magnitude of 3.0 or greater in the United States east of the Rockies, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Catalog

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the number of earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains has increased dramatically since 2009. More earthquakes in these areas have coincided with the increase in oil and natural gas production from shale formations. Seismic events caused by human activity—also known as induced seismicity—are most often caused by the underground injection of wastewater produced during the oil and natural gas extraction process.

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Jun 21, 2017

Growing octane needs widen the price difference between premium and regular gasoline

graph of U.S. retail gasoline prices and difference between premium and regular gasoline prices, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update

The difference between U.S. average retail prices for premium and regular gasoline reached 50 cents per gallon in late 2016, and it has remained near that level so far in 2017. This price difference, or spread, has been generally increasing since 2000. Many factors on both the supply and demand sides are influencing this trend.

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Jun 20, 2017

U.S. refineries are running at record-high levels

graph of U.S. gross inputs to petroleum refineries, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Weekly Petroleum Status Report
Note: Refinery gross inputs include crude oil and other oils processed through crude distillation units.

Gross inputs to U.S. petroleum refineries, also referred to as refinery runs, averaged a record high 17.7 million barrels per day (b/d) for the week ending May 26, before dropping slightly to 17.5 million b/d for the week ending June 2 and 17.6 million b/d for the week ending June 9. Product supplied to the U.S. market as well as inventories and exports are also at relatively high levels.

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Jun 19, 2017

Dishwashers are among the least-used appliances in American homes

graph of presence and use of major appliances in U.S. homes, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey

Compared with other major home appliances such as clothes washers, dryers, and cooking equipment, dishwashers are both less pervasive and less likely to be used when available. Of the 80 million households that have a dishwasher, 16 million (almost 20%) did not use their dishwasher in 2015, based on data from EIA’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS). On the whole, a little more than half (54%) of all U.S. households both have a dishwasher and use it at least once a week.

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Jun 16, 2017

Competition between coal and natural gas affects power markets

graph of monthly net electricity from coal and natural gas, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly

In 2016, natural gas provided 34% of total electricity generation, surpassing coal to become the leading generation source. Natural gas first exceeded coal as the most common electricity fuel on a monthly basis in April 2015 and on an annual basis in 2016. The increase in natural gas generation since 2005 is primarily a result of the continued cost competitiveness of natural gas relative to coal.

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Jun 15, 2017

Global oil markets expected to tighten in third quarter 2017, then loosen through 2018

graph of global production and consumption of crude oil and other liquids, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Short-Term Energy Outlook, June 2017

Forecast world production of crude oil and other liquids in 2017 and 2018 was revised slightly downward in the June edition of EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), which was issued after the May 25 announcement by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) of an extension to production cuts that were originally set to end this month.

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Jun 14, 2017

Wind and solar in March accounted for 10% of U.S. electricity generation for first time

graph of monthly net electricity generation from selected fuels, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly

For the first time, monthly electricity generation from wind and solar (including utility-scale plants and small-scale systems) exceeded 10% of total electricity generation in the United States, based on March data in EIA’s Electric Power Monthly. Electricity generation from both of these energy sources has grown with increases in wind and solar generating capacity. On an annual basis, wind and solar made up 7% of total U.S. electric generation in 2016.

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