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This Week at EIA - 04/19/2012


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(04/12/2012 - 04/19/2012)

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


Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update (4/16/2012)
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 4/13/2012 (4/16/2012)
Contains information for the week and spot prices:

This Week in Petroleum (4/18/2012)
Provides analysis, data, and charts of the latest weekly petroleum supply and price data.

Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Data for Week Ending 4/13/2012 (4/18/2012)
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 (4/19/2012)
Contains weekly estimates of natural gas in underground storage for the United States and three regions of the United States.

Natural Gas Weekly Update (4/19/2012)
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 4/14/2012 (4/19/2012)
Contains an overview of U.S. weekly coal production.


Natural gas prices near 10-year low amid mild weather, higher supplies in winter 2011-12 (04/19/2012)
Natural gas prices continued their downward trend this winter as a result of continued high production levels, mild weather limiting heating demand, and robust storage. On March 31—the end of what is considered the winter for the natural gas market—spot natural gas prices at the Henry Hub approached $2 per million British thermal units. On April 18, the natural gas spot price at Henry Hub was $1.87/MMBtu.

Housing Unit Size data from the 2009 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) (04/19/2012)
Detailed data for housing unit size estimates from the 2009 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) include total and average square footage by selected home characteristics, including geography, housing type, and income level. This data series also includes separate estimates for heated and cooled square footage.

Wholesale Market Data (04/19/2012)
Spreadsheets contain peak prices, volumes, and the number of transactions at ten electricity trading hubs covering most regions of the United States. Data from ICE (IntercontinentalExchange) through April 13, 2012.

Sulfur content of heating oil to be reduced in northeastern states (04/18/2012)
Heating oil is a type of distillate fuel used mostly in the Northeastern U.S. for space heating during the winter months. Starting this summer, New York state will require that all heating oil used in the state contain less than 15 parts per million sulfur—the same requirement as on-road ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD). Soon, other states in the Northeast will require reductions in heating oil sulfur content as well (see figure below).

Quarterly Coal Report - 4th Quarter 2011 (04/18/2012)
Provides detailed quarterly coal and coke data for October-December 2011 and aggregated quarterly historical coal and coke data for 2005 through 4th Quarter 2011. With the exception of coal production, and electric utility stocks and consumption, all data for 2011 are final.

Williston Basin crude oil production and takeaway capacity are increasing (04/17/2012)
Crude oil production from the Williston Basin (primarily the Bakken formation) recently increased to more than 600 thousand barrels per day (bbl/d), according to Bentek Energy, LLC (Bentek), testing the ability of the transportation system—oil pipelines, truck deliveries, and rail—to move crude oil out of the area (see chart below). The current price gap between Bakken crude oil and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) shows the effects of this constraint. Bentek projects more transportation capacity coming online in 2012, potentially alleviating this constraint.

Quarterly Coal Distribution Report - 4th Quarter 2011 (04/16/2012)
Provides detailed U.S. domestic coal distribution data for October – December 2011 excluding waste coal and imports by coal origin, coal destination, mode of transportation, and consuming sector. Quarterly coal distribution data for 2011 are preliminary and will be superseded by the release of the corresponding “Annual Coal Distribution Report.”

Rail carloads of coal in first quarter of 2012 lowest since 1994 (04/16/2012)
Total U.S. carloads of coal by rail during the first quarter of 2012 fell to 1.55 million carloads, the lowest level for any quarter since the beginning of 1994, as demand for coal by the U.S. electricity sector decreased. The power sector accounts for more than 90% of the coal consumed in the United States. Although carloads of coal via rail are down, the share of total coal deliveries that are made via rail has grown in recent years. For this reason, the decline in coal carloads via rail understates the decline in total coal deliveries.

OPEC Revenues Fact Sheet (04/13/2012)
Based on projections from the EIA April 2012 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) could earn an estimated $1,171 billion of net oil export revenues in 2012 and $1,133 billion in 2013.

Price ratio of crude oil to natural gas continues to increase (04/13/2012)
The ratio between the spot prices of crude oil and natural gas is a measure of the market's relative valuation of these two fuels. This ratio has been generally increasing since January 2009, but it has climbed rapidly in recent months. The ratio increased because of both increasing crude oil prices and decreasing natural gas prices. The crude oil-to-natural gas spot price ratio has implications for production and consumption.

State Energy Data System: Retail Electricity Sales Through 2010 (04/13/2012)
Annual State-level estimates of retail electricity consumption, prices, and expenditures.

Natural Gas Monthly (04/12/2012)
The March 2012 Natural Gas Monthly, featuring data for January 2012, has been released. The monthly production data sets a new high with dry production at 2,047 billion cubic feet (Bcf). A mild January created the lowest residential consumption, 802 Bcf, for January since 2006. Underground storage net withdrawals were also the lowest for January since 2006 at 545 Bcf. Additionally, Table 4 has been divided into two separate tables: Table 4 now shows imports data only; Table 5 shows exports data only. A new Table 6 has also been added, showing gross production data at the State level.

Global natural gas consumption doubled from 1980 to 2010 (04/12/2012)
Between 1980 and 2010, global consumption of dry natural gas rose from 53 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) to 113 Tcf. Although consumption in North America saw the slowest regional growth in percentage terms (29%), the region accounted for more than 25% of global natural gas consumption during all years in the period. Unlike petroleum, trends in regional natural gas consumption and production are more similar because of the limited role played by inter-continental movements of natural gas, at least until recently.


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