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Petroleum refinery outage in California highlights markets' quick price reaction
On February 18, an explosion and fire occurred at ExxonMobil's refinery in Torrance, California. The Torrance refinery, the third-largest refinery in Southern California, has about 20% of the region's fluid catalytic cracking capacity and is an...
2015-02-27 08:00:00

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Rise in salt cavern storage capacity for natural gas offsets declines in other capacities
With natural gas storage at low levels in most of 2014 and production relatively high, minimal new natural gas storage capacity was built, except for salt facilities in the Producing region. Capacity in the East region of the United States fell...
2015-02-26 08:00:00

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Wind generation seasonal patterns vary across the United States
Wind plant generation performance varies throughout the year as a result of highly seasonal wind patterns. Nationally, wind plant performance tends to be highest during the spring and lowest during the mid- to late summer, while performance during the...
2015-02-25 08:00:00

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Large reduction in distillate fuel sulfur content has only minor effect on energy content
Distillate fuel oil supply consists of diesel fuel used in diesel engines and heating oil used in furnaces and boilers. Over the past 20 years, the EPA has regulated the amount of sulfur contained in diesel fuel to enable reductions in harmful emissions...
2015-02-24 08:00:00

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Higher RIN prices support continued ethanol blending despite lower gasoline prices
With the exception of two short periods in late 2013 and the first quarter of 2014, when winter-related logistical bottlenecks drove up ethanol prices, spot ethanol prices have consistently been lower than gasoline prices from December 2011 through...
2015-02-23 08:00:00

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Natural gas inventory exceeds five-year average for first time since November 2013
Working natural gas in storage has surpassed five-year average levels for the first time in more than a year. At 2,157 Bcf as of February 13, stocks are 58 Bcf greater than the five-year average. Recent extremely cold weather may result in high stock...
2015-02-20 08:00:00

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Wind generates more than 10% of Texas electricity in 2014
In 2014, more than 10% of the electricity used in the grid covering most of Texas came from wind generation, according to the grid's operator, ERCOT. Wind's share of the ERCOT generation mix grew from 6.2% in 2009 to 10.6% in 2014 as total electricity...
2015-02-19 08:00:00

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Energy efficiency improvements have largely offset effect of more, larger homes
The growth in residential energy use has slowed to below the rate of household growth, meaning that per-household energy consumption has decreased. Analysis of EIA's Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) conducted since 1980 shows how...
2015-02-18 08:00:00

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Proposed efficiency standard may eliminate noncondensing gas furnaces
Following a court challenge that caused a previous proposal to be sent back for further analysis, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a new proposed rulemaking to increase the minimum efficiency standards for gas furnaces for the first time...
2015-02-17 08:00:00

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Shale gas and tight oil are commercially produced in just four countries
The United States, Canada, China, and Argentina are currently the only four countries in the world that are producing commercial volumes of either natural gas from shale formations or crude oil from tight formations. The U.S. is by far the dominant...
2015-02-13 08:00:00

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Saudi Arabia budget insulated from effects of lower oil prices
Saudi Arabia is the largest exporter of crude oil and other petroleum liquids in the world, and their oil exports accounted for 89% of the country's total revenue in 2014. The recent decline in global oil prices is decreasing the value of these...
2015-02-12 08:00:00

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Japan plans to restart some nuclear plants in 2015 after Fukushima shutdown
Previously one of the world's largest producers of nuclear-generated electricity, Japan has relied heavily on fossil fuels following the meltdown at Fukushima Dai-ichi and subsequent shutdown of the country's nuclear fleet. In 2013, when almost all of...
2015-02-11 08:00:00

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EIA tracking tool shows light-sweet crude oil imports to Gulf Coast virtually eliminated
The increase in U.S. shale and tight crude oil production has resulted in a decrease of crude oil imports to the U.S. Gulf Coast area, particularly for light-sweet and light-sour crude types. These trends are visualized in EIA's crude import tracking...
2015-02-10 08:00:00

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Iraq was second-leading contributor to global oil supply growth during 2014
Despite some supply disruptions and security threats, Iraq was the second-leading contributor to global oil supply growth in 2014, behind only the United States. Iraq accounted for almost 60% of production growth among the Organization of the Petroleum...
2015-02-09 08:00:00

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Midwest propane market more balanced than a year ago
Higher inventories, milder weather, and falling crude oil and natural gas prices have resulted in a Midwest propane market that so far this winter has not experienced the challenges faced last winter, when the combination of depleted inventories and...
2015-02-06 08:00:00

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Defense Department energy use falls to lowest level since at least 1975
Energy used by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) fell to 0.75 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in fiscal year (FY) 2013, the lowest recorded level since at least FY 1975, the earliest available data from the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal...
2015-02-05 08:00:00

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Energy consumption by U.S. government at lowest level since at least 1975
The U.S. federal government, with thousands of facilities and vehicles in locations across the United States and abroad, is one of the largest energy consumers in the world, but that consumption is declining. The Department of Energy's Federal Energy...
2015-02-04 08:00:00

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Natural gas prices drop following strong production growth
Following a short-lived price increase in November, natural gas prices have dropped to their lowest levels since September 2012, reflecting strong domestic production and inventory...
2015-02-03 08:00:00

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New England generation fuel mix changes likely as Vermont Yankee nuclear plant retires
On December 29, 2014, Entergy shut down its Vermont Yankee nuclear facility after 42 years in service. Vermont Yankee had a capacity of 604 megawatts (MW), generating nearly five million megawatthours (MWh) of electricity per year since 2010. As the...
2015-02-02 08:00:00

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Upcoming Super Bowl will be first to be lit with energy-efficient LED lights
Before the start of the 2014 NFL regular season, University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, home to Super Bowl XLIX, retrofitted 312 high-performance light-emitting diode (LED) stadium light fixtures. The LED fixtures replaced more than 780 metal halide...
2015-01-30 08:00:00


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