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This Week at EIA (12/13/2012 - 12/20/2012)


This email 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 (12/17/2012)
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 12/14/2012 (12/17/2012)
Contains information for the week and spot prices:

This Week in Petroleum (12/19/2012)
Provides analysis, data, and charts of the latest weekly petroleum supply and price data.

Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Data for Week Ending 12/14/2012 (12/19/2012)
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 (12/20/2012)
Contains weekly estimates of natural gas in underground storage for the United States and three regions of the United States.

Natural Gas Weekly Update (12/20/2012)
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 12/15/2012 (12/20/2012)
Contains an overview of U.S. weekly coal production.


U.S. could become the world’s top liquid fuels producer, but how much does it matter? (12/20/2012)
Production increases in U.S. crude oil and other liquid fuels and the outlook for further growth have spurred speculation that the United States could surpass Saudi Arabia to become the leading global producer. Such growth could boost the U.S. economy and reduce global oil prices, but U.S. production is only one factor determining whether such a milestone might be reached. Regardless of rankings, Saudi Arabia will continue its unique and vital role in world oil markets.

The Availability and Price of Petroleum and Petroleum Products Produced in Countries Other Than Iran (12/20/2012)
The sixth in a series of reports required by section 1245 (d) (4) (A) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, which requires that, not later than 60 days from enactment and every 60 days thereafter, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) “submit to Congress a report on the availability and price of petroleum and petroleum products produced in countries other than Iran in the 60-day period preceding the submission of the report.”

Planned wind turbine additions rise in advance of scheduled expiration of wind tax credit (12/19/2012)
Many wind projects are planning to come on line before the end of 2012, in advance of the possible expiration of a federal incentive, the wind production tax credit (PTC). It appears that wind developers are pushing to complete projects in 2012 to qualify for the PTC. Under current law, projects that begin operating prior to the end of 2012 are eligible to receive a 2.2-cent PTC for each kilowatthour of generation over a 10-year period. Similar behavior in the face of previous PTC expirations was discussed in an earlier Today in Energy article describing the history of the wind PTC.

Energy Perspectives: Industrial and transportation sectors lead energy use by sector (12/18/2012)
Since 2008, energy use in the transportation, residential, and commercial sectors has stayed relatively constant or fell slightly. Industrial consumption grew in 2010 and 2011, after a sharp decline in 2008. Historically, the industrial sector is the largest energy consumer, although in the last decade the gap between the industrial and transportation sector energy use has narrowed.

Energy Perspectives: United States energy imports decline while energy exports increase (12/17/2012)
In 2011, the United States consumed more than 97 quadrillion Btu (quads) of energy, despite only producing about 78 quads. The difference—about 18 quads—reflects the balance of imports and exports of energy. Petroleum, which includes crude oil as well as petroleum products, accounted for a majority of both energy imports and exports.

Energy Perspectives: Fossil fuels dominate U.S. energy consumption (12/14/2012)
While the United States produced a record 78 quadrillion Btu (quads) of energy in 2011, it consumed more than 97 quads of energy in various forms. Nonrenewable fossil fuels made up more than four-fifths of U.S. energy consumption.

Energy Perspectives: For most fuel sources, domestic production has been increasing (12/13/2012)
In 2011, the United States produced about 78 quadrillion Btu (quads) of energy, more than at any point in the nation's history. More than three-quarters of this energy production came from nonrenewable fossil fuels: coal, natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas plant liquids.

Electricity Wholesale Market Data (12/13/2012)
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 December 7, 2012.



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