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This Week at EIA - 07/26/2012


This is 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 (7/23/2012)
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 7/20/2012 (7/23/2012)
Contains information for the week and spot prices:

This Week in Petroleum (7/25/2012)
Provides analysis, data, and charts of the latest weekly petroleum supply and price data.

Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Data for Week Ending 7/20/2012 (7/25/2012)
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 (7/26/2012)
Contains weekly estimates of natural gas in underground storage for the United States and three regions of the United States.

Natural Gas Weekly Update (7/26/2012)
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 7/21/2012 (7/26/2012)
Contains an overview of U.S. weekly coal production.


Electricity Wholesale Market Data (07/26/2012)
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 July 20, 2012.

State Energy Profiles: Quick Facts Updated (07/26/2012)
State and Territory Energy Profiles have each been updated with five new bulleted Quick Facts. Most Quick Facts have been updated to data year 2011, and they also now reflect the recently released 2010 estimates from the State Energy Data System. In addition, the Quick Facts feature a broader coverage of electricity generation.

Rail deliveries of oil and petroleum products up 38% in first half of 2012 (07/26/2012)
Railroads are playing a more important role in transporting U.S. crude oil to refineries, especially oil production from North Dakota's Bakken formation where there is limited pipeline infrastructure to move supplies. The amount of crude oil and petroleum products transported by U.S. railways during the first half of 2012 increased 38% from the same period in 2011, according to industry data.

Power outages often spur questions around burying power lines (07/25/2012)
Extended power outages in the aftermath of a large storm or hurricane often result in discussions around burying local power lines to minimize storm-related outages. Calls for "undergrounding" are common from customers, elected officials, and sometimes state utility commissions. However, undergrounding is costly—up to five to ten times more than overhead distribution lines—and the decisions are complex

Argentina Country Analysis Brief (07/24/2012)
Argentina is a significant South American oil and natural gas producer, but in recent years its hydrocarbon production has been in decline while energy demand has grown robustly. Recent assessments suggest that the country possesses one of the world’s largest endowments of shale gas, which has become a focus of efforts to reverse the sector’s decline.

Prime Supplier Report (07/24/2012)
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through May 2012 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.

Marcellus natural gas production gains affect spreads between trading points (07/24/2012)
Spreads between the Columbia Gas Transmission Corp. Appalachian index (TCO Appalachia)—an actively traded location for both physical and financial transactions for natural gas in Southwestern Pennsylvania—and the Henry Hub in the U.S. Gulf Coast are changing due mainly to growth in Marcellus production. The spread between these two points in spot markets reflects rough parity now, and in forward markets TCO is priced below the Henry Hub.

Spot natural gas prices at Marcellus trading point reflect pipeline constraints (07/23/2012)
Daily natural gas spot prices between Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) Zone 4 Marcellus and Henry Hub have diverged recently largely due to rising Marcellus production, which has outpaced the growth of available take—away pipeline capacity in Northern Pennsylvania. As a result, the spot price of natural gas at the TGP Zone 4 Marcellus trading point has fallen—at times considerably—below the spot price at Henry Hub in Louisiana, and is currently the least expensive natural gas in North America.

Geology and technology drive estimates of technically recoverable resources (07/20/2012)
A common measure of the long-term viability of U.S. domestic crude oil and natural gas as an energy source is the remaining technically recoverable resource (TRR). TRR estimates are a work in progress, changing as more production experience becomes available and as new technologies are applied to extract these resources. The greatest uncertainty is associated with the "estimated ultimate recovery," or EUR, per well. EIA updates its TRR estimates every year using the latest available well production data.

Much of the country’s refinery capacity is concentrated along the Gulf Coast (07/19/2012)
Of the more than 17.3 million barrels per day (bbl/d) of refinery capacity located in the United States as of January 1, 2012, about 44% (or nearly 7.7 million bbl/d) is located along the Gulf Coast. As the map indicates, there are a number of refineries, some of them very large, situated along the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.


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