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This Week at EIA - 02/16/2012


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(02/09/2012 - 02/16/2012)


Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update (2/13/2012)
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.

This Week in Petroleum (2/15/2012)
Provides analysis, data, and charts of the latest weekly petroleum supply and price data.

Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Data for Week Ending 2/10/2012 (2/15/2012)
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 (2/16/2012)
Contains weekly estimates of natural gas in underground storage for the United States and three regions of the United States.

Natural Gas Weekly Update (2/16/2012)
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 2/11/2012 (2/16/2012)
Contains an overview of U.S. weekly coal production.


Ohio's fuel mix for power generation is changing (02/16/2012)
Although coal remains the dominant fuel for Ohio's electric power generation, accounting for 81% of total statewide generation during the first 9 months of 2011, the amount of natural gas-fired electric generation in Ohio is up markedly over the past decade (see chart below). Natural gas fueled 8% of Ohio's total generation during the first 9 months of 2011, up from only 1% during the 2001-2004 period.

Yemen Country Analysis Brief (02/15/2012)
Yemen is located along the Bab el-Mandab, a strategic world oil shipping route. Yemen seeks to attract more foreign investment to boost exploration efforts and reverse its declining crude oil production. Yemen began exporting liquefied natural gas in November 2009.

Warm weather, low natural gas prices hold down wholesale power prices this winter (02/15/2012)
Average daily power prices in the Northeast and Midwest have been unusually low. The driving factor is warm weather, which decreases demand for both power and natural gas, putting downward pressure on spot prices.

What is shale gas and why is it important? (02/14/2012)
Shale gas refers to natural gas that is trapped within shale formations. Over the past decade, the combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has allowed access to large volumes of shale gas that were previously uneconomical to produce.

What were the key energy commodity price trends in 2011? (02/14/2012)
Energy commodity price trends varied widely during 2011. This article provides an overview of key energy commodity price trends in 2011 based on prices seen in futures markets.

Retail gasoline prices in the Rocky Mountains fall as U.S. average prices rise (02/14/2012)
The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in the Rocky Mountain region fell from $3.35 per gallon just after Thanksgiving to $3.03 per gallon at the end of January, a drop of 32 cents. Over the same period, the average gasoline price for the United States as a whole increased 13 cents, from $3.31 per gallon to $3.44 per gallon. In general, prices in the Rocky Mountain area have been lower than the national average for much of the past year due to relatively low crude oil input costs to refineries in a region that is fairly self-sufficient in meeting its demand for gasoline and other petroleum products.

U.S. coal production rises slightly in 2011 amid lower domestic demand and higher exports (02/13/2012)
U.S. coal production increased slightly during 2011 for the second year in a row, rising about 0.4% from its 2010 level, after falling sharply during 2009. Exports drove gains in production, as U.S. coal shipments to other countries climbed to their highest level in two decades, while domestic coal consumption for electricity generation fell.

Natural gas and renewable shares of electricity generation to grow, coal still largest (02/10/2012)
Over the next 25 years, natural gas and renewable fuels gain a larger share of the U.S. generating mix of electricity, according to the Annual Energy Outlook 2012 (AEO2012) Early Release Reference case. Coal remains the dominant source of electricity, but its share drops from 45% in 2010 to 39% in 2035. The Reference case assumes no changes in current laws and regulations or major technology breakthroughs, either of which could significantly change that outlook.

Introducing EIA's Beta site (02/09/2012)
Beta encourages public testing and comment on the agency's latest product enhancements, and review of other users' comments. As a first offering, three products on the beta site allow users to easily create graphics that show and compare energy data from petroleum, natural gas, and electricity.

U.S. natural gas inventories at end of winter heating season expected highest since 1983 (02/09/2012)
The amount of U.S. working natural gas in underground storage at the end of March 2012 is expected to be the highest since 1983 for the close of the month, the traditional end of the winter heating season. A combination of warmer-than-normal temperatures this winter that reduced gas heating demand and rising domestic gas production has contributed to high inventories.

Electricity Wholesale Market Data (02/09/2012)
Wholesale electricity price data from ICE (IntercontinentalExchange) has been updated through February 3, 2012. Data include peak prices, volumes, and the number of transactions at five electricity trading hubs covering most regions of the United States.


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