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Last Week at EIA - 12/08/2011


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(12/01/2011 - 12/08/2011)


Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update (12/5/2011)
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 12/2/2011 (12/5/2011)
Contains information for the week and spot prices:

This Week in Petroleum (12/7/2011)
Provides analysis, data, and charts of the latest weekly petroleum supply and price data.

Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Data for Week Ending 12/2/2011 (12/7/2011)
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 (12/8/2011)
Contains weekly estimates of natural gas in underground storage for the United States and three regions of the United States.

Natural Gas Weekly Update (12/8/2011)
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 12/3/2011 (12/8/2011)
Contains an overview of U.S. weekly coal production.


Gasoline with higher ethanol content getting closer to U.S. drivers' fuel tanks (12/08/2011)
U.S. gasoline blended with up to 15% ethanol by volume, known as E15, was approved as safe for use in all model year 2001 and newer vehicles by the Environmental Protection Agency at the beginning of 2011, but E15 gasoline still has several hurdles to clear before it can be sold at your local service station.

Asia leads growth in global coal production since 1980 (12/07/2011)
Estimated global coal production was up about 3.8 billion short tons (91%) from 1980 through 2010. China spearheaded overall growth in coal production and accounted for most of the growth in the world. However, coal production trends varied markedly by region. The animations highlight regional trends in annual coal production over the past three decades.

Short Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report (12/06/2011)
Prices for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil moved higher at the end of November with West Texas Intermediate (WTI) closing at $100.20 on November 30; near its highest price since June 9 and only the second time the benchmark has settled over $100 since then (Figure 1). Brent prices finished the month at $110.52 per barrel, towards the higher end of the $100 to $115 per barrel trading range the front month contract has been in since August.

Electricity demand changes in predictable patterns (12/06/2011)
Electric power system operators must match electricity supply to demand in real time, with very tight tolerances. Demand on an electric system can change throughout the day as well as throughout the year. Wholesale electricity prices generally rise with increasing demand levels as more expensive generation is brought online to meet demand.

Short-Term Energy Outlook - December 2011 (12/06/2011)
EIA expects the U.S. average refiner acquisition cost (RAC) of crude oil to increase slightly over the next year, averaging about $101 per barrel in 2011 and $102 in 2012. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil has been trading at a discount to RAC for most of 2011, contrary to the traditional relationship. The forecast WTI price discount relative to the RAC narrows from an average $11 per barrel in the third quarter of 2011 to $3 per barrel by the fourth quarter of 2012, supported by the recently announced reversal of the Seaway pipeline in 2012.

Spread between WTI and Brent prices narrows on signs of easing transportation constraints (12/05/2011)
Between October and November, the spot price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil increased $23 per barrel partly on signs that transportation constraints out of the U.S. Midwest, the main market for WTI, are beginning to ease. At the same time, the price of European benchmark Brent crude oil was up much less, only about $7 per barrel. As a result, the WTI—Brent crude oil price difference has narrowed.

Light bulb standards begin taking effect in 2012 (12/02/2011)
On January 1, 2012, efficiency standards will start taking effect for brighter, higher-wattage general service bulbs. By 2014, most general use bulbs available for purchase will be required to be at least 30% more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs. These standards, set by Congress in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), have already led to significant market transformation for common light bulbs.

Petroleum Marketing Monthly (12/01/2011)
Crude oil prices were generally on the rise in September, while price trends for refiner sales of the principal finished petroleum products were mixed. Prime supplier survey data show sales of finished petroleum products fell in September and continued to remain below year-ago levels.

Wholesale Market Data (12/01/2011)
This site contains spreadsheets with wholesale electricity price data from ICE (IntercontinentalExchange) through November 25, 2011 (latest website update: December 1, 2011). The files contain peak prices, volumes, and the number of transactions at six electricity trading hubs covering most regions of the United States.

Spot natural gas prices dipped to two-year low in (12/01/2011)
Natural gas prices at the Henry Hub continued to fall through late November due to a combination of increased domestic natural gas production, record storage levels, and mild weather, reaching $2.83 per million British thermal units for delivery on November 24, the lowest price since November 17, 2009.


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