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This Week at EIA - 03/15/2012


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(03/08/2012 - 03/15/2012)

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


Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update (3/12/2012)
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 3/9/2012 (3/12/2012)
Contains information for the week and spot prices:

This Week in Petroleum (3/14/2012)
Provides analysis, data, and charts of the latest weekly petroleum supply and price data.

Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Data for Week Ending 3/9/2012 (3/14/2012)
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 (3/15/2012)
Contains weekly estimates of natural gas in underground storage for the United States and three regions of the United States.

Natural Gas Weekly Update (3/15/2012)
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 3/10/2012 (3/15/2012)
Contains an overview of U.S. weekly coal production.


Who are the major players supplying the world oil market? (03/15/2012)
The world oil market is complicated. Companies are often thought of as the primary actors in this market, but governments play a large role as well. To answer this question, we'll explore the role oil companies and governments play in the world oil market and their interactions.

U.S. natural gas net imports at lowest levels since 1992 (03/15/2012)
The preliminary estimate of U.S. natural gas average daily net imports—imports minus exports— was just over 5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcfd) in 2011, which was the lowest level since 1992. Net import declines are due to both lower imports and higher exports; U.S. net imports of natural gas peaked in August 2007 at 10 Bcfd, and have fallen markedly since.

How can we compare or add up our energy consumption? (03/15/2012)
To compare or aggregate energy consumption across different energy sources like oil, natural gas, and electricity, we must use a common unit of measure. This is similar to calculating your food energy intake by adding up the calories in whatever you eat.

Sales of Fossil Fuels Produced from Federal and Indian Lands, FY 2003 through FY 2011 (03/14/2012)
Since 2003 changes in offshore production from the Federal Outer Continental Shelf have been the main driver of changes in crude oil production from Federal and Indian lands, according to data from the Office of Natural Resource Revenues at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Total crude oil sales from Federal and Indian lands increased from 642 million barrels in FY 2009 to 739 million barrels in FY 2010, but decreased to 646 million barrels in FY 2011. Natural gas production from Federal and Indian lands has declined every year since 2003, while coal production has remained fairly steady.

Five states accounted for about 56% of total U.S. crude oil production in 2011 (03/14/2012)
Combined oil production (crude oil and lease condensate) from the top five U.S. oil—producing states increased during 2011. The biggest gains were in North Dakota and Texas, due in large part to increased horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing activity. Texas, Alaska, California, North Dakota, and Oklahoma accounted for about 56% of U.S. oil output last year, according to EIA's February Petroleum Supply Monthly report.

The U.S. surpassed Russia as world’s leading producer of dry natural gas in 2009 and 2010 (03/13/2012)
EIA estimates of annual dry natural gas production indicate that the United States surpassed Russia as the world's leading producer of dry natural gas beginning in 2009 when Russian production dropped in conjunction with the economic downturn and reduced demand (see chart below). Both countries produced more than 20 trillion cubic feet of dry natural gas in 2010. Definitive comparisons of natural gas production trends in the two countries are imprecise due to differences in terminology and reporting methodologies.

U.S. wind generation increased 27% in 2011 (03/12/2012)
Generation from wind turbines in the United States increased 27% in 2011 compared to 2010, continuing a trend of rapid growth. During the past five years capacity additions of wind turbines were the main driver of the growth in wind power output. As the amount of wind generation increases, electric power system operators have faced challenges integrating increasing amounts of this intermittent generation source into their systems.

State Energy Data System: Distillate Fuel Oil, Residual Fuel Oil, and Kerosene Through 2010 (03/09/2012)
Annual State-level estimates of consumption, prices, and expenditures for distillate fuel oil, residual fuel oil, and kerosene.

State Nuclear Profiles (03/09/2012)
Presents a summary of current and recent historical data for the nuclear power industry. The data focuses on net summer capacity and net generation for each state, as well as plant specific information for 2009.

Coal's share of total U.S. electricity generation falls below 40% in November and December 2011 (03/09/2012)
Although still the largest single fuel used for electricity generation, coal's share of monthly power generation dropped below 40% in November and December 2011. The last time coal's share of total generation was below 40% for a monthly total was March 1978. A combination of mild weather (leading to a drop in total generation) and the increasing price competitiveness of natural gas relative to coal contributed to the drop in coal's share of total generation.

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.


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