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Last Week at EIA - 12/22/2011


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(12/15/2011 - 12/22/2011)


Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update (12/19/2011)
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 12/16/2011 (12/19/2011)
Contains information for the week and spot prices:

This Week in Petroleum (12/21/2011)
Provides analysis, data, and charts of the latest weekly petroleum supply and price data.

Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Data for Week Ending 12/16/2011 (12/21/2011)
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 (12/22/2011)
Contains weekly estimates of natural gas in underground storage for the United States and three regions of the United States.

Natural Gas Weekly Update (12/22/2011)
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 12/17/2011 (12/22/2011)
Contains an overview of U.S. weekly coal production.


Electricity Monthly Update (12/21/2011)
The Electricity Monthly Update introduces a new EIA product that replaces the Monthly Flash Estimates for Electric Power Data. This release contains data for October 2011 with new feature stories, enhanced and interactive graphics, a new presentation flow, and new electricity industry data sources.

Coal plants without scrubbers account for a majority of U.S. SO2 emissions (12/21/2011)
Coal-fired electric power plants make up the largest source of national sulfur dioxide (SO2 ) emissions. The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) calls for a 53% reduction in SO2 emissions from the electric power sector by 2014. To meet this goal, plant owners can implement one of or a combination of three main strategies: use lower sulfur coal in their boilers, retire plants without emissions controls, or install emissions control equipment—primarily flue gas desulfurization (FGD) scrubbers.

Prime Supplier Report (12/21/2011)
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through October 2011 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.

Rising Asian demand drives global coal consumption growth (12/20/2011)
Global coal demand has almost doubled since 1980, driven by increases in Asia, where demand is up over 400% from 1980-2010. In turn, Asian demand is dominated by China; demand in China increased almost five-fold between 1980-2010 and accounted for 71% of Asia's consumption and almost half of coal consumption globally in 2010.

A quarter of California's electricity comes from outside the state (12/19/2011)
Net power flows into California accounted for about 67 million megawatthours (MWh), or 25% of California's total electric supply of 277 million MWh in 2010. California received—on a net basis (power flows into the state minus power flows out of the state)—44 million MWh from the Southwest and 22.5 million MWh from the Northwest in 2010. Interregional power flows elsewhere in the West were much lower.

Changes in the December 2011 Electric Power Monthly (EPM) (12/16/2011)
Beginning with the December 2011 issue, the EPM will be published without a narrative executive summary. The executive summary tables will continue to be published. The narrative EPM executive summary has been replaced by the data and description of trends in the Electricity Monthly Update. The EMU is available at: http://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/update/. The EMU's “Highlights” section features a monthly article about a major event or an informative topic pertaining to the electric power industry. The left column contains bulleted highlights at the top and key indicators in a table and graphics format that can be scanned at a glance. The right column is used for navigation. Additionally, the December 2011 EPM contains finalized monthly 2010 data in accordance with EIA's recently released 2010 Electric Power Annual, and revises monthly 2011 data based on revised imputation coefficients derived from final 2010 data.

Gas use for power generation leads increase in natural gas use in 2010 (12/16/2011)
Natural gas use for power generation rose 7%, or about 515 billion cubic feet, between 2009 and 2010, according to EIA. Most of the gains in the power sector were in the Eastern half of the country (see map). Total natural gas deliveries to consumers in the United States grew approximately 4%, to around 22 trillion cubic feet, in 2010.

State Energy Data System: Motor Gasoline, Fuel Ethanol, and Aviation Gasoline Through 2010 (12/16/2011)
Annual State-level estimates of motor gasoline and aviation gasoline consumption, prices, and expenditures and fuel ethanol consumption.

Market changes contribute to growing Marcellus area spot natural gas trading (12/15/2011)
Marcellus-area spot natural gas trading (InterContinentalExchange day—ahead transactions) has more than doubled from under 1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcfd) to almost 2 Bcfd on average since 2005. Key factors likely contributing to increased natural gas spot trading in the Marcellus area include: rapid increases in Marcellus shale gas production; deliveries of Wyoming gas to the Ohio/Pennsylvania border through the Rockies Express Pipeline; and increased use of natural gas for power generation.

Wholesale Market Data (12/15/2011)
This site contains spreadsheets with wholesale electricity price data from ICE (IntercontinentalExchange) through December 9, 2011 (latest website update: December 15, 2011). The files contain peak prices, volumes, and the number of transactions at five electricity trading hubs covering most regions of the United States.



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