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This Week at EIA (03/01/2012 - 03/08/2012)



Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update (3/5/2012)
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 3/2/2012 (3/5/2012)
Contains information for the week and spot prices:

This Week in Petroleum (3/7/2012)
Provides analysis, data, and charts of the latest weekly petroleum supply and price data.

Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Data for Week Ending 3/2/2012 (3/7/2012)
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 (3/8/2012)
Contains weekly estimates of natural gas in underground storage for the United States and three regions of the United States.

Natural Gas Weekly Update (3/8/2012)
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 3/3/2012 (3/8/2012)
Contains an overview of U.S. weekly coal production.


State Renewable Electricity Profiles (03/08/2012)
Presents a summary of current and recent historical data for the renewable electric power industry. The data focuses on net summer capacity and net generation for each type of renewable generator, as well as fossil-fired and nuclear power plant types, for the period 2006 through 2010.

Algeria Country Analysis Brief (03/08/2012)
Algeria's economy is heavily reliant on its hydrocarbons sector. Algeria is a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the world's thirteenth-largest oil producer. Algeria is the third largest exporter of natural gas to Europe.

U.S. household winter natural gas heating expenditures expected to be lowest since 2002-03 (03/08/2012)
U.S. household expenditures for natural gas this winter are on track to be the lowest in nine years, according to EIA projections. Residential and commercial customers are consuming less natural gas in their furnaces due to mild temperatures. The pass-through of lower wholesale prices for natural gas into rates paid by retail customers may also be reducing expenditures. Natural gas is the most common heating fuel used in American homes, with about half of households using gas for their main source of warmth.

Electricity Wholesale Market Data (03/08/2012)
Spreadsheets contain peak prices, volumes, and the number of transactions at five electricity trading hubs covering most regions of the United States. Data from ICE (IntercontinentalExchange) through March 2, 2012.

U.S. petroleum product exports exceeded imports in 2011 for first time in over six decades (03/07/2012)
The United States in 2011 exported more petroleum products, on an annual basis, than it imported for the first time since 1949, but American refiners still imported large, although declining, amounts of crude oil, according to full-year trade data from EIA's Petroleum Supply Monthly February report. The increase in foreign purchases of distillate fuel contributed the most to the United States becoming a net exporter of petroleum products.

Record U.S. ethanol exports in 2011 help offset Brazil's production decline (03/06/2012)
U.S. ethanol exports in 2011 reached a record high partly due to Brazil's need to import more ethanol after a poor harvest of sugarcane—the feedstock for most of Brazil's ethanol—sharply decreased that country's ethanol production. U.S. ethanol exports were nearly 133,000 barrels per day at the end of 2011 compared with about 10,000 barrels per day in early 2010.

Short-Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report (03/06/2012)
The increase in oil prices over the last month is a reflection of the current tight balance between global supply and demand. EIA estimates that spare production capacity averaged 2.6 million barrels per day in January and February, less than 3 percent of global consumption and a decrease of 1.1 million barrels per day from one year ago. Most of the oil production from Yemen, Syria and South Sudan continues to be shut-in and has contributed to the reduction in global spare production capacity.

Short-Term Energy Outlook (03/06/2012)
EIA expects the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil to average about $106 per barrel in 2012, $5 per barrel higher than in the previous Outlook and $11 per barrel higher than the average price last year. Supply disruptions in the Middle East and Africa contributed to a significant increase in world crude oil prices during February. EIA has increased the forecast 2012 average cost of crude oil to U.S.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves construction of first nuclear units in 30 years (03/05/2012)
On February 9, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) voted to approve Southern Company's application to build and operate two new nuclear reactors, Units 3 and 4, at its Vogtle plant, near Augusta, Georgia, which already houses two operating reactors. The combined construction and operating license (COL) will make the Vogtle units the first to receive construction approval in over 30 years.

Electricity's share of U.S. delivered energy has risen significantly since 1950 (03/02/2012)
The share of energy that is delivered in the form of electricity has been growing steadily over the past 60 years. Leaving aside the transportation sector, which is mostly petroleum-based, the percentage of energy delivered in the form of electricity to the site of use grew from 4% in 1950 to 29% in 2010.

Petroleum Marketing Monthly (03/01/2012)
Data covering sales of crude oil and finished petroleum products show prices were in decline during December. Prime supplier sales of finished petroleum products for local consumption show a marginal month-on-month increase in gasoline sales in December, while distillate fuels data show a firm decrease from November levels.

Review of developments in crude oil and product markets over the past two months (03/01/2012)
On February 29, 2012, EIA released The Availability and Price of Petroleum and Petroleum Products Produced in Countries Other Than Iran, a 60—day recurring report required under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. The Act requires that, not later than 60 days from enactment and every 60 days thereafter, the "Energy Information Administration, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of State, and the Director of National Intelligence, shall submit to Congress a report on the availability and price of petroleum and petroleum products produced in countries other than Iran in the 60—day period preceding the submission of the report."


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