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Output per miner-hour rises as smaller coal mines close
Coal mining productivity increased in 2013, averaging 5.5 short tons per miner hour, reversing a trend of declining productivity since at least 2000. Preliminary data from the Mine Safety and Health Administration indicate a further increase in 2014....
2015-09-03 09:00:00

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Effects of removing U.S. crude export restrictions depend on price, resource assumptions
A new study by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on the potential implications of allowing more crude oil exports finds that effects on domestic crude oil production are key to determining the other effects of a policy change. Gasoline...
2015-09-02 09:00:00

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Alaska increases wind power capacity in utility-scale and distributed-scale projects
Although wind power provided less than 3% of Alaska's electric power generation in 2014, Alaska's wind power capacity has increased 20-fold between 2007 and 2014, growing from 3 megawatts (MW) to 60 MW. This increase is notable in light of the...
2015-09-01 09:00:00

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EIA improves monthly reporting of crude oil production
With the planned release of the Petroleum Supply Monthly (PSM) later today, EIA is incorporating the first survey-based reporting of monthly crude oil production based on an expansion of its survey program earlier this year. Today's PSM includes EIA's...
2015-08-31 09:00:00

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Reduced offshore share in U.S. oil and natural gas production lowers risk from hurricanes
The domestic market for distributed wind turbines has weakened since the record capacity additions in 2012. Last year's installations of mid-size and small wind turbines were the lowest in a decade. Relatively low electricity prices, competition from...
2015-08-28 09:00:00

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EIA expects near-term decline in natural gas production in major shale regions
Natural gas production across all major shale regions in EIA's Drilling Productivity Report is projected to decrease for the first time in September. Production from these seven shale regions reached a high in May at 45.6 billion cubic feet per day...
2015-08-26 09:00:00

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India's coal industry in flux as government sets ambitious coal production targets
Coal consumption in India, particularly in the electric power sector, is outpacing India's domestic production. From 2005 to 2012, India's coal production grew by only 4.7% per year to about 600 million metric tons while the country's coal-fired...
2015-08-25 09:00:00

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Growing global liquids inventories reflect lower crude oil prices
Continued growth in global production of petroleum and other liquids has outpaced consumption growth since August 2014, resulting in rising global liquids stocks. Total global liquids inventories are estimated to have grown by 2.3 million barrels per...
2015-08-24 09:00:00

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Major fossil fuel-producing states rely heavily on severance taxes
Several states that produce large amounts of fossil fuels rely heavily on severance tax revenue?taxes based on the volume and/or value of oil, natural gas, coal, and other natural resources. On average, severance taxes accounted for less than 2% of...
2015-08-21 09:00:00

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Australia shifts investment from wind projects to other renewable sources
Australia's Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) last month was directed to stop investing in future wind power projects. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott stated that CEFC should be investing in the development of new technologies rather than in...
2015-08-20 09:00:00

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Domestic market for distributed wind turbines faces several challenges
The domestic market for distributed wind turbines has weakened since the record capacity additions in 2012. Last year's installations of mid-size and small wind turbines were the lowest in a decade. Relatively low electricity prices, competition from...
2015-08-20 09:00:00

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EIA lowers crude oil price forecast through 2016
Amid high uncertainty in the global oil market, EIA has lowered crude oil price forecasts, expecting West Texas Intermediate crude oil prices to average $49 per barrel (b) in 2015 and $54/b in 2016, $6/b and $8/b lower than forecast in last month's...
2015-08-19 09:00:00

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Unplanned refinery outage leads to higher Midwest gasoline prices
On August 8, the BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana, the largest petroleum refinery in the Midwest, experienced an unplanned outage and was forced to reduce production. The BP Whiting refinery has a crude oil distillation unit (CDU) capacity of 413,500...
2015-08-18 09:00:00

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Texas electric grid serves record-high power demand
During the recent heat wave in Texas, the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the operator of the electric grid covering most of the state, set a new record for electricity use when demand for electricity reached 69.8 gigawatts (GW)...
2015-08-17 09:00:00

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First offshore wind farm in the United States begins construction
In July, American offshore wind developer, Deepwater Wind, installed the first foundation for what is expected to be the first offshore wind farm in the United States. The project will be located three miles southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island.
2015-08-14 09:00:00

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Nuclear accord creates potential for additional crude oil production from Iran
On July 14, the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany) and Iran announced an agreement that could result in relief from United States and European Union nuclear-related sanctions (which include some...
2015-08-13 09:00:00

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Japan restarts first nuclear reactor under new safety rules
On August 11, Kyushu Electric Power Company's 846 megawatt Sendai Nuclear Power Station Unit 1 became the first reactor to restart after nearly two years with no generation from nuclear power plants in Japan. Following the disaster at Fukushima in 2011,...
2015-08-12 09:00:00

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West Coast wind patterns lead to below-normal wind generation capacity factors
A drop in average wind speeds in the western United States during early 2015 led to reduced generation from wind plants in California, Oregon, and Washington. As a result, wind plant utilization rates, also known as plant capacity factors, were...
2015-08-11 09:00:00

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Rail helps make Midwest a net shipper of crude oil
Shipments of crude oil out of the Midwest region to other U.S. regions have steadily increased as a result of pipeline reversals and rail transport. Rail movements out of the Midwest contributed to the region becoming a net shipper of crude oil. Without...
2015-08-10 09:00:00

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U.S. refineries are running at record-high levels
Gross inputs to U.S. refineries exceeded 17 million barrels per day (b/d) in each of the past four weeks, a level not previously reached since EIA began publishing weekly data in 1990. The rolling four-week average of U.S. gross refinery inputs has been...
2015-08-07 09:00:00


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