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This Week at EIA - 06/07/2012


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A summary and links for every U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) product released this week is listed below.


Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update (6/4/2012)
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 6/1/2012 (6/4/2012)
Contains information for the week and spot prices:

This Week in Petroleum (6/6/2012)
Provides analysis, data, and charts of the latest weekly petroleum supply and price data.

Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Data for Week Ending 6/1/2012 (6/6/2012)
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 (6/7/2012)
Contains weekly estimates of natural gas in underground storage for the United States and three regions of the United States.

Natural Gas Weekly Update (6/7/2012)
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 6/2/2012 (6/7/2012)
Contains an overview of U.S. weekly coal production.


Northeast electricity markets react to hot weather in late May (06/07/2012)
Temperatures in and around New York and eastern Pennsylvania were 10-20 degrees warmer than normal on Tuesday, May 29, lifting electricity demand above seasonal norms. Peak demand in the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) was above 28 gigawatts, high enough to make real-time wholesale prices spike to almost $1,000 per megawatthour for short periods. Adjacent areas in New England and Pennsylvania also saw high real-time wholesale prices during peak hours.

Residential Energy Consumption Survey data show decreased energy consumption per household (06/06/2012)
Total U.S. energy consumption in homes has remained relatively stable for many years as increased energy efficiency has offset the increase in the number and average size of housing units, according to the latest results from the Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS). This continues the downward trend in average per-household energy consumption of the last 30 years.

U.S. coal's share of total net generation continues to decline (06/05/2012)
Amid historically low natural gas prices and the warmest March ever recorded in much of the United States, coal's share of total net generation dropped to 34%—the lowest level since at least January 1973 (the earliest date for which EIA has monthly statistics). Despite seasonally low loads, natural gas-fired generation grew markedly and accounted for 30% of overall net generation by March 2012 (see chart below). Total electricity demand fell this winter as warmer weather reduced home heating requirements.

Japan Country Analysis Brief (06/05/2012)
Japan is one of the largest energy consumers in the world, and relies heavily on fossil fuel imports to meet its energy requirements. The Fukushima nuclear incident in 2011 could shift the country’s energy mix and place more emphasis on oil and natural gas imports.

Monthly Biodiesel Production Report (06/05/2012)
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released new data today showing national and regional monthly biodiesel production for March 2012. In addition to biodiesel production, data included producer sales, producer stocks, and feedstock inputs.

Petroleum Supply Monthly (06/05/2012)
Supply and disposition of crude oil and petroleum products on a national and regional level. The data series describe production, imports and exports, movements and inventories.

NOAA predicts a near-normal 2012 Atlantic hurricane season (06/04/2012)
Administration's Climate Prediction Center said that, for the six-month hurricane season beginning June 1, there is a 70% chance of 9 to 15 named storms in the Atlantic Basin, of which 4 to 8 may strengthen to hurricanes. During the hurricane season from 1981 through 2010, the Atlantic basin averaged 12 named storms and 6 hurricanes. Hurricanes can disrupt the U.S. oil and natural gas supply chain, especially in the Gulf of Mexico.

State Energy Data System: Total Energy Through 2010 (06/01/2012)
Annual State-level estimates of total energy consumption, prices, and expenditures.

Petroleum Marketing Monthly (06/01/2012)
Monthly sales data for March 2012 show crude oil prices climbed again in all sales categories, while refiner prices for many finished petroleum products also saw considerable increases from February levels. Data covering prime supplier sales of finished petroleum products sold for local consumption show a modest increase in gasoline sales at the U.S. level, while sales of distillates and other products show varying degrees of change.

Reserve electric generating capacity helps keep (06/01/2012)
The electricity utility industry employs a simple strategy for maintaining reliability: always have more supply available than may be required. Yet it can be difficult to forecast future electricity demand, and building new generating capacity can take years. The industry regularly monitors the supply situation using a measure called reserve margin. Regional estimates of reserve margins are compared to pre—determined target levels to assess supply adequacy.

Natural Gas Monthly (05/31/2012)
The May Natural Gas Monthly, with data through March 2012, has been released. With Henry Hub spot prices in the two dollar range and a mild winter coming to an end, March 2012 gross natural gas production and total consumption further declined from February levels. Daily gross production of natural gas for the Lower 48 States declined slightly from 72.06 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in February to 71.76 Bcf/d in March. Total consumption of natural gas also continued at historic low levels, with monthly March 2012 total consumption at 2,109 Bcf, a decline of more than 5 percent from the March 2011 level of 2,229 Bcf.

Electricity Wholesale Market Data (05/31/2012)
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 May 25, 2012.

Coal stockpiles above five-year range in first quarter of 2012 (05/31/2012)
Estimated coal stockpiles at U.S. electric power plants in March 2012 (latest EIA data available) were about 196 million short tons, almost 18% above the level in March 2011 and above the five-year range. Coal stockpiles are up as a result of declines in coal consumption by electric power plants.

Monthly Natural Gas Gross Production Report (05/31/2012)
Monthly natural gas gross withdrawals estimated from data collected on Form EIA-914 (Monthly Natural Gas Production Report) for Federal Offshore Gulf of Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, Other States and Lower 48 States. Alaska data are from the State of Alaska and included to obtain a U.S. Total.


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