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

Jun 15, 2018
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.

Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report

Jun 15, 2018
Data for wood pellet and other densified biomass fuel production, sales, and inventory levels from approximately 90 operating pellet fuel manufacturing facilities in the United States. Facilities with an annual capacity of 10,000 tons or more per year are required to report monthly.

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

Jun 14, 2018
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.

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

Jun 13, 2018
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.

Short-Term Energy Outlook

Jun 12, 2018
Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $77 per barrel (b) in May, an increase of $5/b from the April level and the highest monthly average price since November 2014. EIA forecasts Brent spot prices will average $71/b in 2018 and $68/b in 2019. The 2019 forecast price is $2/b higher than in the May STEO. EIA expects West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices will average almost $7/b lower than Brent prices in 2018 and $6/b lower than Brent prices in 2019. NYMEX WTI futures and options contract values for September 2018 delivery traded during the five-day period ending June 7, 2018, suggest a range of $52/b to $81/b encompasses the market expectation for September WTI prices at the 95% confidence level.

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

Jun 12, 2018
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.

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

Jun 11, 2018
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 on record, 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.

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

Jun 8, 2018
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.

Wholesale Electricity and Natural Gas Market Data

Jun 7, 2018
This site contains spreadsheets with wholesale electricity and natural gas data from eight major trading hubs that cover most regions of the United States. The data are through June 5, 2018 and are republished, with permission, from the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE).

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

Jun 7, 2018
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.

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

Jun 6, 2018
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.

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

Jun 5, 2018
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.

EIA reports track U.S. crude oil production statistics and trends

Jun 4, 2018
With increasing crude oil prices and rig counts over the past several months, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) continues to closely monitor U.S. crude oil production trends. EIA publishes several reports that cover current crude oil production conditions and how recent trends may affect the near-term outlook for the oil industry.

Costs of different battery storage technologies depend on technical characteristics

Jun 1, 2018
Capital costs for large-scale battery storage systems installed across the United States differ depending on technical characteristics. Systems are generally designed to provide either greater power capacity (a battery’s maximum instantaneous power output) or greater energy capacity (the total amount of electricity that can be stored or discharged by a battery system).

Petroleum Marketing Monthly

Jun 1, 2018
The June 2018 Petroleum Marketing Monthly (PMM), with data through March 2018, presents monthly and annual price and volume statistics covering crude oil and refined products sales in the United States. In this issue of the PMM, preliminary March 2018 data show crude oil prices decreased from February 2018 levels, while prices for the major finished petroleum products show mixed trends. U.S.–level Prime Supplier data show gasoline and distillate fuels sales rose month-on-month; additionally, many of the surveyed products also show year-on-year increases.

State Energy Data System: Total energy for 2016

Jun 1, 2018
Annual state-level estimates for total energy consumption, prices, and expenditures.

Gasoline futures prices are below distillate futures prices, rare for this time of year

May 31, 2018
During the spring and summer months, gasoline futures prices are generally higher than distillate futures prices by about 5 cents to 10 cents per gallon (gal). Not only is demand for gasoline in the United States higher in the spring and summer, but the gasoline sold in those months must be summer-grade gasoline, which is more costly to produce.

Uranium Marketing Annual Report

May 31, 2018
Statistical data update for 2017 on purchases, prices, contracts, enrichment services, sales, and inventories for the U.S. uranium production industry.

Petroleum Supply Monthly

May 31, 2018
Supply and disposition of crude oil and petroleum products on a national and regional level. The data series describe production, imports and exports, movements, and inventories.

U.S. Movements of Crude Oil By Rail

May 31, 2018
Monthly data on rail movements of crude oil have been updated for March 2018. Crude oil movements by rail have significantly increased over the past five years. The data on crude-by-rail (CBR) movements are also fully integrated with EIA’s existing monthly petroleum supply statistics, which already include crude oil movements by pipeline, tanker, and barge.

Natural Gas Monthly

May 31, 2018
In March 2018, for the tenth consecutive month, dry natural gas production increased year-to-year from the same month a year ago. The preliminary level for dry natural gas production in March 2018 was 2,467 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or 79.6 Bcf/day. This level was 8.0 Bcf/day (11.2%) higher than the March 2017 level of 71.6 Bcf/day. The average daily rate of dry natural gas production for March was the highest for any month since EIA began tracking monthly dry production in 1973.

Company Level Imports

May 31, 2018
Imports data at the company level collected from the EIA-814 Monthly Imports Report.

Working and Net Available Shell Storage Capacity

May 31, 2018
Working and net available shell storage capacity as of March 31, 2018 is the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) report containing semi-annual storage capacity data. It includes three tables detailing working and net available shell storage capacity by facility type, product, and PAD District as of March 31.

Monthly Biodiesel Production Report

May 31, 2018
Monthly national and regional biodiesel production data for March 2018. In addition to biodiesel production, data included producer sales, producer stocks, and feedstock inputs.

Monthly Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production

May 31, 2018
These monthly production estimates are based on data from the EIA-914, Monthly Crude Oil, Lease Condensate, and Natural Gas Production Report.

2015 RECS: Consumption and expenditures data now available, including estimates for more than 20 new end uses

May 31, 2018
Estimates of household energy consumption and expenditures from the 2015 RECS are now available. Featured in this release are estimates of consumption and costs for more than 20 energy end uses not available in previous rounds of RECS. EIA also revised the housing characteristics data from the 2015 RECS.

Autonomous Vehicles: Uncertainties and Energy Implications

May 30, 2018
The potential effect autonomous vehicles may have on the future of personal mobility and freight movement has received considerable attention in recent years. This attention has focused not only on discussion of real and perceived costs of travel, shared-use mobility, travel patterns, vehicle design, and vehicle ownership, but also on how autonomous vehicles may affect energy markets. This article uses modeling results from scenarios related to the Annual Energy Outlook 2018 to help quantify the potential effects on energy of widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles.

Total liquid fuels inventories return to five-year averages in the United States and OECD

May 30, 2018
Global petroleum inventories declined through 2017 and the first quarter of 2018, marking the end of an extended period of oversupply in global petroleum markets that began before the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) November 2016 agreement to cut production. As OPEC plans to reconvene on June 22, markets now appear more in balance, but uncertainty remains going forward.

Financial Review 2017

May 29, 2018
This analysis focuses on the financial and operating trends of 94 global oil and natural gas companies from 2008 through 2017.

Electric power sector consumption of fossil fuels at lowest level since 1994

May 29, 2018
Fossil fuel consumption in the electric power sector declined to 22.5 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) in 2017, the lowest level since 1994. The declining trend in fossil fuel consumption by the power sector has been driven by a decrease in the use of coal and petroleum with a slightly offsetting increase in the use of natural gas.

National average gasoline prices approach $3 per gallon heading into Memorial Day

May 25, 2018
Heading into the 2018 Memorial Day weekend, regular gasoline prices averaged $2.92 per gallon (gal) nationally on May 21, up from last year’s price of $2.40/gal before the holiday weekend. This year marks the highest price ahead of the Memorial Day weekend since 2014, when the national average price of regular gasoline was $3.67/gal.

Wholesale Electricity and Natural Gas Market Data

May 24, 2018
This site contains spreadsheets with wholesale electricity and natural gas data from eight major trading hubs that cover most regions of the United States. The data are through May 22, 2018 and are republished, with permission, from the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE).

Monthly Energy Review

May 24, 2018
The MER is EIA's comprehensive report on recent and historical energy statistics. Preliminary data indicate that, in February 2018, the transportation sector accounted for 25% of U.S. total energy consumption.

Monthly Solar Photovoltaic Module Shipments Report

May 24, 2018
This report contains monthly summary data for the photovoltaic industry in the United States. Data include manufacturing, imports, and exports of modules in the United States and its territories. Summary data include volumes in peak kilowatts and average prices. Where possible, imports and exports are listed by country, and shipments to the United States are listed by state.

Electric Power Monthly

May 24, 2018
Data in the May 2018 Electric Power Monthly (EPM) are for March 2018 when net generation in the United States was 0.1% lower than the March 2017 level. Consumption of natural gas for power generation was up 8.9% compared with the level in March 2017. The average residential retail price of electricity for March 2018 was 0.8% higher than it was in March 2017. Data for Puerto Rico—electricity sales, revenue, customers, and average electricity prices—are now available in Chapter 8.

Electricity Monthly Update

May 24, 2018
This month’s Electric Monthly Update contains data for March 2018 and a feature article on how oil-powered generation, despite a smaller market share, still plays a prominent role in regional and seasonal power markets.

Egypt Country Analysis Brief

May 24, 2018
Egypt is the largest non-OPEC oil producer in Africa and the third-largest dry natural gas producer on the continent. The country also serves as a major transit route for oil shipped from the Persian Gulf to Europe and to the United States. Substantial natural gas discoveries have generated significant interest among business investors and may potentially boost production and allow Egypt to become a net exporter again in the medium term.

Most U.S. motor gasoline exports go to Mexico

May 24, 2018
More than half of all U.S. motor gasoline exports went to Mexico in 2017. Changes to Mexico’s retail gasoline and diesel fuel markets, combined with low utilization of Mexico’s petroleum refineries, resulted in increased gasoline imports from the United States. Although Mexico is a relatively large crude oil producer, Mexico relies on imports of gasoline from the United States to meet domestic demand.

The United States is a net energy importer from Canada

May 23, 2018
Canada is the largest energy trading partner of the United States, based on the combined value of energy exports and imports. Although the value of bilateral energy trade with Canada has varied over the past decade, driven primarily by changes in the prices of oil and natural gas, the overall structure of bilateral energy trade flows has changed relatively little, with the value of U.S. energy imports from Canada consistently exceeding the value of U.S. energy exports to Canada by a large margin.

Analysis of Projected Crude Oil Production in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

May 23, 2018
In December 2017, the passage of Public Law 115-97 required the 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 (Section 1002 Area) of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Previously, ANWR was effectively under a drilling moratorium. Because this law was passed after the modeling for the Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018) was completed, this article investigates the impact of this law change on the Reference case projections in the AEO2018.

2017 Domestic Uranium Production Report

May 22, 2018
Statistical data update for 2017 on drilling, mining, production, shipments, sales, facilities, employment, expenditures, and reserve estimates in the U.S. uranium production industry.

Electrified vehicles continue to see slow growth and less use than conventional vehicles

May 22, 2018
Electrified vehicles (hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and battery electric) have been sold as high fuel economy alternatives to conventional gasoline vehicles for a number of years but collectively have been slow to gain market share in the United States.

United States remains the world’s top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons

May 21, 2018
The United States remained the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2017, reaching a record high. The United States has been the world's top producer of natural gas since 2009, when U.S. natural gas production surpassed that of Russia, and the world's top producer of petroleum hydrocarbons since 2013, when U.S. production exceeded Saudi Arabia’s. Since 2008, U.S. petroleum and natural gas production has increased by nearly 60%.

U.S. Battery Storage Market Trends

May 21, 2018
At the end of 2017, 708 megawatts (MW) of power capacity, representing 867 megawatthours (MWh) of energy capacity, of large-scale battery storage capacity was in operation. The U.S. Battery Storage Market Trends report explores trends in U.S. battery storage capacity additions and describes the current state of the market, including information on applications, cost, and market and policy drivers.

Prime Supplier Report

May 21, 2018
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data through March 2018 on Form EIA-782C, "Monthly Report of Prime Supplier Sales of Petroleum Products Sold for Local Consumption." These data measure primary petroleum product deliveries into the states where they are locally marketed and consumed.

State Energy Data System: Noncombustible renewable energy for 2016

May 18, 2018
Annual state-level consumption estimates for hydroelectric power, as well as wind, solar, and geothermal energy.

Northeast region slated for record natural gas pipeline capacity buildout in 2018

May 18, 2018
EIA expects construction of new natural gas pipeline capacity in the United States to continue in 2018, in particular in the northeastern United States. By the end of 2018, if all projects come online by their scheduled service dates, more than 23 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of takeaway capacity will be online out of the Northeast, up from an estimated 16.7 Bcf/d at the end of 2017 and more than three times the takeaway capacity at the end of 2014.

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