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This Week at EIA - 02/23/2012


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(02/16/2012 - 02/23/2012)

Summary and links for every U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) product released this week.



Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update (2/21/2012)
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 (2/23/2012)
Provides analysis, data, and charts of the latest weekly petroleum supply and price data.

Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Data for Week Ending 2/17/2012 (2/23/2012)
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 (2/23/2012)
Contains weekly estimates of natural gas in underground storage for the United States and three regions of the United States.

Natural Gas Weekly Update (2/23/2012)
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 2/18/2012 (2/23/2012)
Contains an overview of U.S. weekly coal production.


Negative prices in wholesale electricity markets indicate supply inflexibilities (02/23/2012)
Wholesale electricity markets sometimes result in prices below zero. That is, sellers pay buyers to take the power. This situation arises because certain types of generators, such as nuclear, hydroelectric, and wind, cannot or prefer not to reduce output for short periods of time when demand is insufficient to absorb their output. Sometimes buyers can be induced to take the power when they are paid to do so.

Wholesale Market Data (02/23/2012)
This site contains spreadsheets with wholesale electricity price data from ICE (IntercontinentalExchange) through February 17, 2012 (latest website update: February 23, 2012). The files contain peak prices, volumes, and the number of transactions at five electricity trading hubs covering most regions of the United States.

Prime Supplier Report (02/22/2012)
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through December 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.

Pacific Northwest water supply forecast to be near or below normal for 2012 (02/22/2012)
The Northwest River Forecast Center's latest forecasts for 2012 show near- or below-normal water supply for April to September (the typical high hydro season). The map below shows observation stations in the watershed region of the Pacific Northwest with forecasts for the percent of normal water supply for that station. The colors of the stations represent forecasted water supply levels above normal (blue), near normal (green and yellow), or below normal (orange and red).

Northwest hydroelectric output above five-year range for much of 2011 (02/21/2012)
much of 2011 : The 2011 hydro season began earlier and lasted significantly longer than in recent years, well into the summer months. Hydroelectric generation in the Pacific Northwest is typically highest in the late winter and spring when river flows are high because of snowpack melt. This low—cost energy contributed to an average 18% decline in wholesale electricity prices compared to prices in 2010 at Mid—Columbia, a major Northwest wholesale pricing hub near the Washington—Oregon border.

Natural gas pipeline capacity additions in 2011 (02/17/2012)
EIA estimates that U.S. natural gas pipeline companies added about 13.8 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of new capacity, and nearly 2,400 miles of new pipe in 2011. New pipeline projects entered service in parts of the U.S. gas grid that can be congested: California, Florida, and parts of the Northeast.

State Energy Data System: Liquefied Petroleum Gases and Other Petroleum Products Through 2010 (02/17/2012)
Annual State-level estimates of consumption, prices, and expenditures for liquefied petroleum gases and other petroleum products.

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.


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