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This Week at EIA - 05/10/2012


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(05/03/2012 - 05/10/2012)

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


Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update (5/7/2012)
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 5/4/2012 (5/7/2012)
Contains information for the week and spot prices:

This Week in Petroleum (5/9/2012)
Provides analysis, data, and charts of the latest weekly petroleum supply and price data.

Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Data for Week Ending 5/4/2012 (5/9/2012)
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 (5/10/2012)
Contains weekly estimates of natural gas in underground storage for the United States and three regions of the United States.

Natural Gas Weekly Update (5/10/2012)
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 5/5/2012 (5/10/2012)
Contains an overview of U.S. weekly coal production.


OPEC Revenues Fact Sheet (05/10/2012)
Based on projections from the EIA May 2012 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) could earn an estimated $1,154 billion of net oil export revenues in 2012 and $1,117 billion in 2013.

Over the past decade, lighting became more efficient across all sectors (05/10/2012)
The Department of Energy (DOE) recently released a study of the 2010 lighting market, finding that lighting across all sectors became more energy efficient since their study of the 2001 lighting market. The residential sector, which accounted for 25% of total lighting energy consumption in 2010, remained the least energy efficient of the sectors, primarily due to the use of incandescent lamps.

Domestic Uranium Production Report - Annual (05/09/2012)
Statistical data update for 2011 on drilling, mining, production, shipments, facilities, employment and expenditures in the U.S. uranium production industry.

Vietnam Country Analysis Brief (05/09/2012)
Over the past decade, Vietnam has emerged as an important oil and gas producer in Southeast Asia, and the country’s economic growth has spurred energy consumption and investment in unexplored oil and gas basins. Vietnam commissioned its first oil refinery in 2009 causing crude exports to drop substantially. The country is self-sufficient in natural gas, and both production and consumption have grown six-fold over the past decade.

Policies for compensating behind-the-meter generation vary by State (05/09/2012)
Most States have policies providing incentives for the general public to produce renewable electricity onsite to "spin the meter backwards" (see map above). The terms for such net metering arrangements are typically embodied in a utility tariff.

U.S. nuclear outages back within five-year range (05/08/2012)
U.S. nuclear outages peaked above 27 gigawatts on April 16, 2012, due to the combination of seasonal refueling outages and several forced outages. U.S. nuclear reactor operators typically schedule refueling and maintenance outages for the spring and fall to help ensure that reactors are available to meet higher electric demand levels in the summer and winter.

Short-Term Energy Outlook (05/08/2012)
EIA’s current forecast of the average U.S. refiner acquisition cost of crude oil in 2012 is $110 per barrel, which is $2.50 per barrel lower than in last month’s Outlook, but still about $8 per barrel higher than last year’s average price. EIA expects the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil to average about $104 per barrel in 2012, about $2 per barrel lower than the forecast in last month’s Outlook, but $9 per barrel higher than the 2011 average price. EIA expects crude oil prices to remain relatively flat in 2013.

Short-Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report (05/08/2012)
Front month futures prices for Brent and WTI settled at $113.18 and $98.49 per barrel, respectively, on May 4 (Figure 1). Brent is now $13 per barrel lower compared to its 2012 high reached on March 13 and WTI is $9 per barrel off its 2012 high on February 24.

EIA publishes monthly biodiesel production data for 2010 and 2011 (05/07/2012)
U.S. production of biodiesel was a record 109 million gallons in December 2011, according to new data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Production came from 113 active biodiesel plants. Biodiesel production for all of 2011 was 967 million gallons, which was the highest level recorded since EIA began tracking this data.

State Energy Data System: Wood and Biomass Waste Through 2010 (05/04/2012)
Annual State-level estimates of consumption, prices, and expenditures for wood and biomass waste.

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Data (05/04/2012)
New interactive viewer provides time-series data now through 2010.

Monthly Biodiesel Production Report (05/04/2012)
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released new data today showing national and regional monthly biodiesel production from January 2009 to December 2011. In addition to biodiesel production, data included producer sales, producer stocks, and feedstock inputs.

A Clean Energy Standard could reduce power sector carbon dioxide emissions (05/04/2012)
EIA recently released an Analysis of Impacts of the Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012, pursuant to the request of Chairman Bingaman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. According to EIA's analysis, the proposed policy would reduce electric power sector carbon dioxide emissions 44% below EIA's Reference case in 2035. National average delivered electricity prices would increase 18% above the Reference case by 2035. However, for years before 2025, the national average electric power price increase due to the proposed policy is less than 5% above Reference case values.

Renewable utility-scale electricity production differs by fuel among states (05/03/2012)
Generation of electricity from renewable sources has increased over the last decade, from 8% of total generation in the electric power sector in 2001 to 13% in 2011. However, there are significant differences among states in the type and amount of renewable energy used, due to variation in the level of development and the availability of renewable resources.

Wholesale Market Data (05/03/2012)
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 April 27, 2012.


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