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This Week at EIA - 08/23/2012



(08/16/2012 - 08/23/2012)

This list provides a summary and links for every U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) product released this week. You can sign up for many of these separately and receive instant notification of when the product was released at: http://www.eia.gov/tools/emailupdates/


Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update (8/20/2012)
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 8/17/2012 (8/20/2012)
Contains information for the week and spot prices:

This Week in Petroleum (8/22/2012)
Provides analysis, data, and charts of the latest weekly petroleum supply and price data.

Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Data for Week Ending 8/17/2012 (8/22/2012)
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 (8/23/2012)
Contains weekly estimates of natural gas in underground storage for the United States and three regions of the United States.

Natural Gas Weekly Update (8/23/2012)
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 8/18/2012 (8/23/2012)
Contains an overview of U.S. weekly coal production.


Bolivia Country Analysis Brief (08/23/2012)
Hydrocarbons are an important element of Bolivia’s economy, one of the poorest and least developed in Latin America. Its energy sector was nationalized in 2006, although the state has implemented policies to incentivize private firms to build new investments and increase production.

Large hospitals tend to be energy-intensive (08/23/2012)
Large hospitals consumed 458 trillion British thermal units, about 5.5% of the total delivered energy used by the commercial sector in 2007, a much larger share than their percentage of total commercial floorspace. EIA recently released data from the 2007 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) that highlights large hospitals' energy-related characteristics for all major fuels: electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, and district heat.

Electricity Wholesale Market Data (08/23/2012)
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 August 17, 2012.

Oman Country Analysis Brief (08/22/2012)
Facing declining oil production, Oman continues to be the region’s leading non-OPEC oil exporter. This is largely attributed to Oman’s implementation of novel enhanced oil recovery methods.

Merger of Progress Energy and Duke Energy created largest U.S. electric utility (08/22/2012)
The July 2, 2012 merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy created the largest electric utility in the United States (measured by number of customers). Now called the Duke Energy Corporation (Duke), the new company has over 7 million retail customers spanning six states. It also owns about 67 gigawatts of generating capacity across the eastern United States. This merger follows the recent merger between Constellation and Exelon, which created the third largest utility in the United States.

World Oil Transit Chokepoints (08/22/2012)
Large volumes of global oil shipments are moved by tankers through chokepoints, or narrow channels along widely used global sea routes. The blockage of a chokepoint, even temporarily, can lead to substantial increases in total energy costs.

Crude oil prices peaked early in 2012 (08/21/2012)
Crude oil prices rose during the first quarter of 2012 as concerns about possible international supply disruptions pushed up petroleum prices. Prices then fell during the second quarter before turning sharply upward at the start of the third quarter.

Prime Supplier Report (08/21/2012)
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through June 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.

Natural gas, renewables dominate electric capacity additions in first half of 2012 (08/20/2012)
During the first half of 2012, 165 new electric power generators were added in 33 states, for a total of 8,098 megawatts (MW) of new capacity. Of the ten states with the highest levels of capacity additions, most of the new capacity uses natural gas or renewable energy sources. Capacity additions in these ten states total 6,500 MW, or 80% of the new capacity added nationally in the first six months of 2012.

Energy Characteristics and Energy Consumed in Large Hospital Buildings in the United States in 2007 (08/17/2012)
Data and brief analysis of energy characteristics found in large hospitals in 2007. The data include estimates of building characteristics, energy sources, end uses, energy management features, energy consumption, and water consumption for hospital buildings greater than 200,000 square feet.

Electric generator dispatch depends on system demand and the relative cost of operation (08/17/2012)
The variable operating cost of electric power generators is a key factor in determining which units a power system operates (or "dispatches") to meet the demand for electricity. Other things being equal, plants with the lowest variable operating costs are generally dispatched first, and plants with higher variable operating costs are brought on line sequentially as electricity demand increases.

Energy needed to produce aluminum (08/16/2012)
Aluminum production in the United States generally takes two forms, with very different energy requirements. Primary production involves making aluminum products from raw material or ingots, which is highly energy intensive, especially electricity intensive. Secondary production involves recycling aluminum scrap to form new products, a significantly less energy-intensive process. Aircraft use primary aluminum because of quality and consistency restrictions, while beverage cans and automotive castings often use secondary aluminum.



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