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Last Week at EIA - 03/22/2012


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THIS WEEK AT EIA  (03/15/2012 - 03/22/2012)

A summary and links for every U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) product released this week.


Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update (3/19/2012)
Presents average weekly retail on-highway diesel fuel prices for the U.S., 8 regions, and the State of California and average weekly retail gasoline prices at the national and regional levels, and for selected cities and States.

The Coal News and Markets Report for week ended 3/16/2012 (3/19/2012)
Contains information for the week and spot prices:

This Week in Petroleum (3/21/2012)
Provides analysis, data, and charts of the latest weekly petroleum supply and price data.

Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Data for Week Ending 3/16/2012 (3/21/2012)
Contains timely information on supply and selected prices of crude oil and principal petroleum products in the context of historical data and forecasts.

Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report (3/22/2012)
Contains weekly estimates of natural gas in underground storage for the United States and three regions of the United States.

Natural Gas Weekly Update (3/22/2012)
Contains weekly updates of natural gas market prices, latest storage level estimates, recent lower 48 NOAA weather data, and other market activity or events.

Coal Production for Week Ended 3/17/2012 (3/22/2012)
Contains an overview of U.S. weekly coal production.


EIA provides new breakout of natural gas storage inventories in the Producing Region (03/22/2012)
As of March 22, 2012, EIA will provide new breakouts for inventory levels at salt cavern and nonsalt cavern facilities for the weekly estimates of working gas in underground natural gas storage inventories in the Producing Region. This new breakout of regional natural gas stocks should help analysts assess more comprehensively the relationship between inventory changes and types of storage facilities.

Wholesale Market Data (03/22/2012)
Spreadsheets contain peak prices, volumes, and the number of transactions at five electricity trading hubs covering most regions of the United States. Data from ICE (IntercontinentalExchange) through March 16, 2012.

Prime Supplier Report (03/21/2012)
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through January 2012 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.

Updated weekly gasoline export estimates affect year-over-year gasoline demand comparisons (03/21/2012)
EIA's Weekly Petroleum Status Report collects weekly data on crude oil and product imports, stocks of crude and product, and refinery runs, but it does not collect data on product exports, which also affect weekly balances and estimates of "product supplied." Last August, EIA implemented a new methodology to improve the accuracy of the weekly gasoline export estimates. Consideration of the new export methodology substantially reduces the estimated decline in gasoline product supplied between January 2011 and January 2012.

Refinery utilization rates react to economics in 2011 (03/20/2012)
The divergence of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent crude oil prices in 2011 affected refinery utilization in the United States, particularly in the East Coast (PADD 1) and Midwest (PADD 2) regions. Historically, refineries in these districts operated at 80-90% of their capacity. Changes in refining economics last year contributed to real contrasts in refinery utilization in some of the PADDs (see chart).

Sudan and South Sudan Country Analysis Brief (03/19/2012)
Although Sudan and South Sudan are now separate countries, they are negotiating an oil transit fee, since about three-quarters of oil production originates from South Sudan, while the entire pipeline, refining, and export infrastructure is in Sudan. At the end of January, as a result of an impasse over a transit fee and other issues, South Sudan shut in all of its oil production.

U.S. crude oil imports drop to lowest level since 1999 as domestic oil production rises (03/19/2012)
U.S. crude oil imports during 2011 fell to their lowest level in twelve years and were down 12% from their peak in 2005, as higher domestic oil production and decreased consumption of petroleum products reduced American refiners' purchases of foreign crude.

Annual Energy Outlook 2011 Retrospective Review: Evaluation of 2011 and Prior Reference Case Projections (03/16/2012)
The Annual Energy Outlook 2011 Retrospective Review provides a yearly comparison between realized energy outcomes and the Reference case projections included in previous AEOs beginning with 1982. This edition of the report adds the AEO 2011 projections and updates the historical data to incorporate the latest data revisions.

State Energy Data System: Total Petroleum Through 2010 (03/16/2012)
Annual State-level estimates of consumption, prices, and expenditures for total petroleum.

U.S. Coal Reserves (03/16/2012)
EIA’s annual estimates of recoverable coal reserves, adjusting the demonstrated reserve base (DRB) to reflect accessibility and recovery rates in mining.

Dry sorbent injection may serve as a key pollution control technology at power plants (03/16/2012)
Dry sorbent injection (DSI) is a pollution control technology that may play a role in the United States' electric power sector's compliance with the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the MATS rule in December 2011. The MATS rule requires that all U.S. coal- and oil-fired power plants greater than 25 megawatts meet emission limits consistent with the average performance of the top 12% of existing units— known as the maximum achievable control technology (MACT).

Who are the major players supplying the world oil market? (03/15/2012)
The world oil market is complicated. Companies are often thought of as the primary actors in this market, but governments play a large role as well. To answer this question, we'll explore the role oil companies and governments play in the world oil market and their interactions.

U.S. natural gas net imports at lowest levels since 1992 (03/15/2012)
The preliminary estimate of U.S. natural gas average daily net imports—imports minus exports— was just over 5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcfd) in 2011, which was the lowest level since 1992. Net import declines are due to both lower imports and higher exports; U.S. net imports of natural gas peaked in August 2007 at 10 Bcfd, and have fallen markedly since.

How can we compare or add up our energy consumption? (03/15/2012)
To compare or aggregate energy consumption across different energy sources like oil, natural gas, and electricity, we must use a common unit of measure. This is similar to calculating your food energy intake by adding up the calories in whatever you eat.


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