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This Week at EIA - 06/21/2012


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(06/14/2012 - 06/21/2012)

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



Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update (6/18/2012)
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 6/15/2012 (6/18/2012)
Contains information for the week and spot prices:

This Week in Petroleum (6/20/2012)
Provides analysis, data, and charts of the latest weekly petroleum supply and price data.

Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Data for Week Ending 6/15/2012 (6/20/2012)
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 (6/21/2012)
Contains weekly estimates of natural gas in underground storage for the United States and three regions of the United States.

Natural Gas Weekly Update (6/21/2012)
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 6/16/2012 (6/21/2012)
Contains an overview of U.S. weekly coal production.


North American spot crude oil benchmarks likely diverging due to bottlenecks (06/21/2012)
West Texas Intermediate at Cushing, Oklahoma (WTI Cushing), a light, sweet crude grade, is North America's most closely observed crude oil price benchmark and the underlying commodity of the NYMEX crude futures contract. Until 2008, all North American crude grades broadly tracked fluctuations in WTI Cushing prices and were clustered within about $8 per barrel of the WTI Cushing price. Since 2008, however, the price differences between WTI Cushing and other North American crude oil benchmarks have increased sharply.

Prime Supplier Report (06/21/2012)
The latest Prime Supplier Report presents data collected through April 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.

Energy in Brief: What are greenhouse gases and how much are emitted by the United States? (06/21/2012)

The United Kingdom's natural gas supply mix is changing (06/20/2012)
Natural gas production in the United Kingdom is trending down due to declines in production from that country's North Sea fields. Imports via pipeline connections with Europe and seaborne deliveries of liquefied natural gas (LNG) now account for more than half of the U.K.'s natural gas supply.

Most U.S. coal exports went to European and Asian markets in 2011 (06/19/2012)
Coal exports to European and Asian markets represented 76% of total U.S. coal exports in 2011. While European markets have traditionally received a significant portion of U.S. coal exports, the share of coal exported to Asian markets is up since 2009 because of growth in sales to South Korea, China, and India. In 2011, total annual coal exports were up 31% compared to 2010, reaching 107 million short tons.

Negative wholesale electricity prices: possible, but rare (06/18/2012)
Under certain conditions, electric generators in regional transmission organizations (RTOs) actually pay to produce power as reflected in a price below zero. This situation can arise because some types of generators, such as those providing nuclear, hydroelectric, or wind energy, cannot or prefer not to reduce output for short periods of time when demand is insufficient to absorb their output. Negative wholesale prices are a relatively rare occurrence, as shown by the price data reported by RTOs.

Working crude oil storage capacity at Cushing, Oklahoma rises (06/15/2012)
As of March 31, working crude oil storage capacity at the Cushing, Oklahoma storage and trading hub was 61.9 million barrels, an increase of 6.9 million barrels (13%) from September 30, 2011 and 13.9 million barrels (29%) from a year earlier, as reported in EIA's recently released report on Working and Net Available Shell Storage Capacity. Weekly data show that as of June 1, crude oil inventories held at Cushing were 47.8 million barrels, the highest level on record.

California's electric power market faces challenges heading into summer (06/14/2012)
California's electric market will face a number of challenges this summer, the greatest of which is making up the loss of two nuclear units (San Onofre 2 & 3) in an area of significant congestion on the electric system.

Wholesale Market Data (06/14/2012)
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 June 8, 2012.


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