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Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update (4/23/2012)
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.
U.S. summer gasoline demand expected to be at 11-year low (04/26/2012)
U.S. gasoline demand this summer is expected to be the lowest in 11 years, while the average summer fuel price is forecast to be at a record level. High prices at the pump—mostly a result of global crude oil prices—and the use of more efficient vehicles both encourage reduced gasoline consumption.
State Nuclear Profiles (04/26/2012)
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 2010.
U.S. coal consumption fell while exports increased during the fourth quarter of 2011 (04/25/2012)
Domestic coal consumption during the fourth quarter of 2011 decreased by 18.8% from the third quarter of 2011 to 227.1 million short tons, which was the lowest level since the second quarter of 1995. This decline was primarily the result of lower consumption in the electric power sector. However, declines in domestic coal use were partially offset by rising coal exports to Asia and Europe.
Project sponsors are seeking Federal approval to export domestic natural gas (04/24/2012)
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) project sponsors have been applying to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for authorization to export LNG produced from domestic natural gas and to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for approval to build liquefaction facilities to serve export markets (see map). A higher price for LNG in international markets is a major motivation for these applications.
Eagle Ford oil and natural gas well starts rose sharply in first quarter 2012 (04/23/2012)
New well starts in the Eagle Ford region in Texas increased 110 % from January through March 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. In April, the active rig count set a new high — for the Eagle Ford play — of 217 units. Increased drilling and rig deployment translated into higher crude oil and condensate production, which is projected to average over 500 thousand barrels per day (bbl/d) in April 2012, up from 182 thousand bbl/d in April 2011. Eagle Ford crude oil production is approaching crude oil production in the Bakken formation.
What are natural gas liquids and how are they used? (04/20/2012)
Natural gas liquids (NGLs) are hydrocarbons—in the same family of molecules as natural gas and crude oil, composed exclusively of carbon and hydrogen. There are many uses for NGLs, spanning nearly all sectors of the economy. Higher crude oil prices have contributed to increased NGL prices and, in turn, provided incentives to drill in liquids-rich resources with significant NGL content.
Natural gas prices near 10-year low amid mild weather, higher supplies in winter 2011-12(04/19/2012)
Natural gas prices continued their downward trend this winter as a result of continued high production levels, mild weather limiting heating demand, and robust storage. On March 31—the end of what is considered the winter for the natural gas market—spot natural gas prices at the Henry Hub approached $2 per million British thermal units. On April 18, the natural gas spot price at Henry Hub was $1.87/MMBtu.
Housing Unit Size data from the 2009 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) (04/19/2012)
Detailed data for housing unit size estimates from the 2009 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) include total and average square footage by selected home characteristics, including geography, housing type, and income level. This data series also includes separate estimates for heated and cooled square footage.
Wholesale Market Data (04/19/2012)
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 13, 2012.