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Last Week at EIA - 10/13/2011


LAST WEEK AT EIA (10/06/2011 - 10/13/2011)

REGULARLY SCHEDULED WEEKLY RELEASES: Weekly Retail Gasoline Prices (10/10/2011)
Presents average retail gasoline prices at the national and regional levels, and for selected cities and States, based on an EIA survey conducted each Monday of approximately 900 retail outlets.

Weekly Highway Diesel Prices (10/10/2011)
Contains a 53-week history of weekly retail on-highway diesel fuel prices for the U.S., 8 regions, and the State of California.

The Coal News and Markets Report for week ended 10/7/2011 (10/10/2011)
Contains information for the week and spot prices:

This Week in Petroleum (10/13/2011)
Provides analysis, data, and charts of the latest weekly petroleum supply and price data.

Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Data for Week Ending 10/7/2011 (10/12/2011)
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 (10/13/2011)
Contains weekly estimates of natural gas in underground storage for the United States and three regions of the United States.

Natural Gas Weekly Update (10/13/2011)
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 10/8/2011 (10/13/2011)
Contains an overview of U.S. weekly coal production.

OTHER RELEASES THIS WEEK: Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve now focuses on New England (10/13/2011)
The Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve (NHHOR) will be reduced to one million barrels, half its original size, as the stockpile's holdings are converted to ultra-low-sulfur distillate (ULSD) fuel that will be stored only in New England states. The Department of Energy chose to end its prior practice of storing an additional one million barrels of NHHOR heating oil in New York harbor, an area that is well supplied with commercial ULSD inventories and also is served by several nearby refineries and a major pipeline that could quickly provide heating fuel.

Short-Term Energy and Winter Fuels Outlook (10/12/2011)
EIA projects average household heating expenditures for natural gas, propane, and heating oil will increase by 3 percent, 7 percent, and 8 percent, respectively, this winter (October 1 to March 31) compared with last winter, while electricity heating expenditures fall by less than 1 percent. Average expenditures for households that heat with oil are forecast to be higher than in any previous winter.

EIA projects record winter household heating oil prices in the Northeast (10/12/2011)
EIA projects that the average price paid by households in the Northeast this winter (October through March) for heating oil may be the highest ever, almost $27 per MMBtu ($3.71 per gallon) or more than double the projected average cost of natural gas ($12.93 per MMBtu) delivered to households in the Northeast.

Oil and natural gas drilling in Ohio on the rise (10/11/2011)
Escalating industry interest in the Utica Shale may boost Ohio into the ranks of U.S. States with significant increases in oil and natural gas production from horizontal drilling in shale formations. Although production volumes are still small, the number of Utica-targeted horizontal drilling permits issued to Ohio operators from January through September 2011 rose more than twenty-fold over full-year 2010.

South Korea Country Analysis Brief (10/11/2011)
South Korea was the world's tenth largest energy consumer in 2008, and with its lack of domestic reserves, Korea is one of the top energy importers in the world. The country is the fifth largest importer of crude oil, the third largest importer of coal, and the second largest importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Despite its lack of domestic energy resources, South Korea is home to some of the largest and most advanced oil refineries in the world.

Gulf Coast oil and natural gas production recover after Tropical Storm Lee (10/07/2011)
While hurricanes in 2005 and 2008 had extensive and long-lasting impacts on oil and natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) and refining activity along the Gulf Coast, the temporary disruption of production experienced during Tropical Storm Lee is more typical of the impact of hurricane season storms that do not significantly damage energy infrastructure.

Papers and presentations from EIA's Financial and Physical Oil Market Linkages Workshop (10/07/2011)
Papers and presentations from EIA's Financial and Physical Oil Market Linkages Workshop

Winter supply disruptions from well freeze-offs can rival effects of summer storms (10/06/2011)
As more U.S. natural gas production shifts from offshore fields in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) to onshore basins, potential supply disruption risks have also shifted. For many years, tropical storms and hurricanes were the principal threat to GOM production. In early Feb. 2011, however, disruptions to onshore natural gas production, the result of freeze-offs caused by much colder-than-normal weather, rivaled losses from major summer storms.

Wholesale Market Data (10/06/2011)
This site contains spreadsheets with wholesale electricity price data from ICE (IntercontinentalExchange) through September 30, 2011 (latest website update: October 6, 2011). The files contain peak prices, volumes, and the number of transactions at six electricity trading hubs covering most regions of the United States


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