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How Can We Increase Energy Efficiency Investments? Here are 10 Suggestions

August 16, 2017 - in Energy

This is the final post in a three-part series on understanding and increasing investments in energy efficiency by businesses and individuals. In the first post, we estimated these US investments total about $60-115 billion per year. In the second…

EIA Releases New U.S. Short-Term Energy Forecast

August 9, 2017 - in Energy

Forecast Highlights Global liquid fuels North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $48 per barrel (b) in July, $2/b higher than the June average and…

Many States Have Adopted Policies to Encourage Energy Efficiency

August 3, 2017 - in Energy

As of July 2017, thirty states and the District of Columbia have adopted energy efficiency policies—either mandated requirements, voluntary goals, or…

Wyoming, Texas, and Pennsylvania Rank as the Top Net Energy Suppliers Among States

August 1, 2017 - in Energy

EIA recently released State Energy Data System estimates for net energy supply, which provide data on each state’s total primary energy production and consumption. Wyoming, Texas, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and North Dakota ranked as the top five net suppliers…

Natural Gas-Fired Electricity Generation so far this Summer is Below Last Year’s Level

July 31, 2017 - in Energy

The amount of natural gas used for electricity generation, also known as power burn, reached its highest daily level so far in 2017 during the past week, exceeding 41 billion cubic feet (Bcf) on July 20, according to data from PointLogic Energy. Natural gas-fired…

Energy Commodity Prices Declined More Than Other Commodities in the First Half of 2017

July 10, 2017 - in Energy

The energy component of the Standard and Poor’s Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (GSCI) fell 11% during the first half of 2017, the largest decline for any commodity group in the index. Other components of the index—livestock, industrial metals, precious…

U.S. Ethanol Production Capacity Continues to Increase

June 30, 2017 - in Energy

Fuel ethanol production capacity in the United States reached 15.5 billion gallons per year, or 1.01 million barrels per day (b/d), at the beginning of 2017, according to EIA's most recent U.S. Fuel Ethanol Plant Production Capacity report. Total capacity…

U.S. Exports of Crude Oil and Petroleum Products Have More Than Doubled Since 2010

June 28, 2017 - in Energy, Oil & Gas

U.S. crude oil and petroleum product gross exports have more than doubled over the past six years, increasing from 2.4 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2010 to 5.2 million b/d in 2016. Exports of distillate, gasoline, propane, and crude oil have all increased,…

U.S. Refineries are Running at Record-High Levels

June 26, 2017 - in Energy

Gross inputs to U.S. petroleum refineries, also referred to as refinery runs, averaged a record high 17.7 million barrels per day (b/d) for the week ending May 26, before dropping slightly to 17.5 million b/d for the week ending June 2 and 17.6 million b/d…

Growing Octane Needs Widen the Price Difference Between Premium and Regular Gasoline

June 23, 2017 - in Energy, Oil & Gas

The difference between U.S. average retail prices for premium and regular gasoline reached 50 cents per gallon in late 2016, and it has remained near that level so far in 2017. This price difference, or spread, has been generally increasing since 2000. Many…