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THIS WEEK AT EIA (05/24/2012 - 05/31/2012)



Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update (5/29/2012)
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 5/25/2012 (5/29/2012)
Contains information for the week and spot prices:

This Week in Petroleum (5/31/2012)
Provides analysis, data, and charts of the latest weekly petroleum supply and price data.

Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Data for Week Ending 5/25/2012 (5/31/2012)
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 (5/31/2012)
Contains weekly estimates of natural gas in underground storage for the United States and three regions of the United States.

Natural Gas Weekly Update (5/31/2012)
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 5/26/2012 (5/31/2012)
Contains an overview of U.S. weekly coal production.


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.

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.

Japan's use of thermal generation is up since March 2011 due to nuclear plant outages (05/30/2012)
Japan's use of thermal generation—the combination of electricity generated from natural gas, oil, and coal-fired plants—was up 40% for January-April 2012, compared to the same period in 2011. This is due to the earthquake and tsunami-related accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and subsequent outages at other plants

Working and Net Available Shell Storage Capacity (05/30/2012)
Working and Net Available Shell Storage Capacity as of March 31, 2012 is the Energy Information Administration's (EIA) report containing semi-annual storage capacity data. It includes three tables detailing working and net available shell storage capacity by facility type, product, and PAD District as of March 31, 2012.

U.S. Fuel Ethanol Plant Production Capacity (05/30/2012)
This is the second release of U.S. Energy Information Administration data on fuel ethanol production capacity. EIA first reported fuel ethanol production capacities for January 2011 on November 29, 2011. This new report contains production capacity data for all operating U.S. fuel ethanol production plants as of January 1, 2012.

Petroleum Supply Monthly (05/30/2012)
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.

Company Level Imports (05/30/2012)
Imports data at the company level collected from the EIA-814 Monthly Imports Report.

Seasonal hydroelectric output drives down wholesale electricity prices in the West (05/29/2012)
Increased hydroelectric output in the Pacific Northwest drove daily, on—peak prices of electricity below $10 per megawatthour in late April at the Mid—Columbia trading point on the border of Washington and Oregon. The availability of low—cost hydropower in the West also depressed prices at the California—Oregon border and helped offset prices that were up in northern California as a result of nuclear outages. High levels of hydroelectric output are a seasonal occurrence in the Pacific Northwest, with significant effects on electric power markets from Washington to California.

Monthly Energy Review (05/29/2012)
EIA's most comprehensive report on recent integrated energy statistics. Preliminary data indicate that in February 2012, U.S. primary energy consumption totaled 8.0 quadrillion Btu, a 1-percent decrease from February 2011.

Electric Power Monthly (05/29/2012)
Data are for March 2012, during which net generation in the United States was down 2.9 percent from March 2011. Retail sales of electricity were down 2.6 percent from March 2011. The average U.S. retail price of electricity in March 2012 was down .5 percent from March 2011.

Electricity Monthly Update (05/29/2012)
This issue contains data for March 2012 as well as a feature article on the Bonneville Power Administration’s curtailment of wind generation during times of low electric demand and high seasonal hydroelectric output.

Asian demand spurs U.S. net exports of petroleum coke to higher levels in early 2012 (05/25/2012)
U.S. net exports of petroleum coke—a byproduct of oil refining—continued at higher levels over the combined January-February 2012 period. Demand for U.S. petroleum coke, or sometimes called "petcoke," is strongest in Asia, where it is used for generating electricity, making steel, and manufacturing cement.

OPEC spare capacity in the first quarter of 2012 at lowest level since 2008 (05/24/2012)
EIA estimates that global spare crude oil production capacity averaged about 2.4 million barrels per day (bbl/d) during the first quarter of 2012, down about 1.3 million bbl/d from the same period in 2011. Spare capacity can serve as a buffer against oil market disruptions, and it gives the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) additional political and economic influence in world markets.


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