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Short-Term Energy Outlook Table Revisions


Beginning with the Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) to be released on August 7, 2012, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) will change the format of the STEO tables for electricity industry overview (Table 7a), electricity generation (Table 7d), fuel consumption for electricity generation (Table 7e), and renewable energy (Table 8).  In addition, the electricity generation and fuel consumption selections in the STEO custom table builder will also be modified to conform to the table redesigns.  More information and examples of the new table formats are available at Notice of change to electricity generation and renewables forecast tables.

Electricity Generation and Fuel Consumption

The new electricity generation and fuel consumption tables 7d and 7e will feature expanded information on a regional basis. Specifically, EIA will provide generation and fuel consumption projections for the United States and each of the four Census regions (Northeast, South, Midwest, and West). Detailed projections for generation and fuel consumption in the electric power sector, on a regional and U.S. basis, will be available through the STEO custom table builder beginning on August 7, 2012.  EIA has consolidated its STEO projections of generation and fuel consumption for the commercial and industrial sectors into a single "end-use" sector.

Renewable Energy Consumption

The revised renewable energy table 8 will present primary energy consumption by energy source and by sector. Table 8 currently presents renewable energy supply and consumption by energy source for all sectors. However, in most cases renewable energy supply is identical to consumption.

EIA will also be adding a renewable energy table to its "Changes in Forecast from Last Month" file.  This table will display EIA's projections for U.S. renewable energy consumption in all sectors and U.S. renewable energy generating capacity in the electric power sector from the current forecast and from the previous month’s STEO.

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