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Last Week at EIA Sept. 6-13


A summary and links for every U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) product released the week of Sept. 6-13, 2012.



Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update (9/10/2012)
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 9/7/2012 (9/10/2012)
Contains information for the week and spot prices:

This Week in Petroleum (9/12/2012)
Provides analysis, data, and charts of the latest weekly petroleum supply and price data.

Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Data for Week Ending 9/7/2012 (9/12/2012)
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 (9/13/2012)
Contains weekly estimates of natural gas in underground storage for the United States and three regions of the United States.

Natural Gas Weekly Update (9/13/2012)
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 9/8/2012 (9/13/2012)
Contains an overview of U.S. weekly coal production.


EIA survey shows Gulf Coast natural gas plants recovering from hurricane outages (09/13/2012)
In response to Hurricane Isaac, EIA invoked its emergency-activation survey Form EIA-757B. The survey showed that Isaac caused considerable disruption to natural gas processing infrastructure.

Working natural gas storage capacity grows 3% year-over-year (09/12/2012)
EIA estimates that the demonstrated peak working gas capacity for underground storage in the Lower 48 states rose 3%, or 136 billion cubic feet (Bcf), to 4,239 Bcf in 2012 compared with 2011. EIA's report compares data from April to April; since April 2012, EIA analysts said 7.5 Bcf has been added to working gas storage capacity cited in the report, and they estimated that another 32 Bcf could potentially be added by year-end.

Peak Underground Working Natural Gas Storage Capacity (09/12/2012)
The annual update of the Peak Underground Working Natural Gas Storage Capacity report, featuring working gas capacity levels as of April 2012, has been released. The demonstrated peak working gas capacity for U.S. underground working natural gas storage for the lower-48 States is estimated at 4,239 billion cubic feet (Bcf) as of April 30, 2012, an increase about 3 percent since last year at this time. Working gas design capacity also increased by about 1 percent, to 4,498 Bcf. The field-level data as of December 31, 2011 are available in the Natural Gas Information Query System.

Pad drilling and rig mobility lead to more efficient drilling (09/11/2012)
Developments in drilling methods and technology, such as "pad" drilling, are leading to efficiency gains for oil and natural gas producers.

Short-Term Energy Outlook - Market Prices and Uncertainty Report (09/11/2012)
Crude oil prices rose during the first half of August and were relatively constant during the second half of the month, remaining at the higher levels. The Brent and WTI crude oil benchmarks settled at $113.49 and $95.53 per barrel, respectively, on September 6, with Brent increasing by $7.53 per barrel and WTI increasing by $6.62 per barrel since August 1. Both Brent and WTI have been in narrow trading ranges over the last few weeks, with settlement prices for Brent and WTI staying within $3 dollar per barrel ranges since August 17.

Short-Term Energy Outlook (09/11/2012)
Higher crude oil prices, refinery outages, a pipeline disruption, and concerns over Hurricane Isaac's impact on the Gulf Coast, the United States' major refining region, contributed to higher gasoline prices during August. EIA has increased the average regular-gasoline retail price forecast for the third quarter of 2012 to $3.66 per gallon from $3.49 per gallon in last month's Outlook. EIA expects retail gasoline prices to begin declining later this month as the gasoline market recovers and transitions from summer-grade to winter-grade gasoline specifications.

STEO radio spots (09/11/2012)
EIA launched its energy news radio service with the release of the September Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO). EIA's radio service provides free short broadcast stories on EIA energy data reports and analysis to radio stations nationwide. The initial stories focus on the outlook for U.S. crude oil and natural gas production. You can also sign up for an RSS feed to receive notice of the latest EIA broadcast energy stories automatically.

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions down in 2011 (09/10/2012)
Annual energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fell 2.4% in 2011 compared to the level in 2010. Several factors combined to produce this drop, including slower economic growth, weather, and changes in the prices of fuels, which played out differently in major economic sectors. Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions have declined in the United States in four out of the last six years.

Natural gas demand at power plants was high in summer 2012 (09/07/2012)
Natural gas use for power generation rose this summer because of hot-weather-driven electricity demand for air conditioning coupled with low natural gas prices. According to Bentek Energy, estimated daily natural gas use to produce electric power (also called power burn) averaged 26.3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) so far in 2012 (Jan 1 - Aug 15), up 24% compared to the same period for 2011.

NRG-GenOn acquisition plan would create the largest independent power producer (09/06/2012)
In late July 2012, the electric power company NRG announced plans to acquire GenOn, another independent power producer with assets in some shared markets, which would create a new company with 47 gigawatts of capacity in 21 states. The combined company would be the largest independent power producer in the United States, although the acquisition is still pending approval.

Wholesale Market Data (09/06/2012)
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 August 31, 2012.



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