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New Eagle Ford wells continue to show higher production
Increased drilling and improved drilling efficiency have led to significant crude oil production increases in the Eagle Ford region in southern Texas. These increases have occurred despite the region's relatively high well decline rates. However, by...
2014-09-29 09:00:00

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Minimum efficiency standards for electric motors will soon increase
Nearly half of the electricity consumed in the manufacturing sector is used for powering motors, such as for fans, pumps, conveyors, and compressors. For more than three decades the efficiency of new motors has been regulated pursuant to federal law....
2014-09-26 09:00:00

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Everywhere but Northeast, fewer homes choose natural gas as heating fuel
On a national basis, natural gas has long been the dominant choice for primary heating fuel in the residential sector. Lately, electricity has been gaining market share while natural gas, distillate fuel oil, kerosene, and liquefied petroleum gas...
2014-09-25 09:00:00

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Saudi Arabia uses largest amount of crude oil for power generation since 2010
Saudi Arabia is one of a handful of countries that burn crude oil directly for power generation, according to the Joint Organizations Data Initiative (JODI). During the summer, Saudi Arabia typically experiences an increase in electricity consumption as...
2014-09-24 09:00:00

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Higher Permian production, constrained infrastructure increase spread between WTI oil hubs
Increasing production of crude oil in the Permian Basin in western Texas has outpaced pipeline infrastructure to move the crude to refineries, causing prices for crude in the Permian (at Midland, Texas) to fall below similar crudes priced at Cushing,...
2014-09-23 09:00:00

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European nations are increasing electricity generation using no-carbon sources
Penetration rates of no-carbon generation have increased from 50% to 56% in recent years in Europe, as European Union countries work towards renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions targets. Increasing levels of renewable generation, along with...
2014-09-22 09:00:00

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Russia looks beyond West Siberia for future oil and natural gas growth
Russia was the world's largest producer of crude oil (including lease condensate) and the world's second-largest producer of dry natural gas in 2013. Most of Russia's crude oil and natural gas production occurs in West Siberia, a part of central Russia...
2014-09-19 09:00:00

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Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auction prices continue to rise
September 3 marked the 25th auction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emission allowances by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade program covering nine states primarily in the northeastern United States. Allowance prices for this auction...
2014-09-18 09:00:00

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Panama Canal expansion will allow transit of larger ships with greater volumes
Ships carrying crude oil and petroleum products are limited by size restrictions imposed by several of the main thoroughfares of maritime navigation: the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal, and the Strait of Malacca. These size restrictions provide another...
2014-09-17 09:00:00

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Oil tanker sizes range from general purpose to ultra-large crude carriers on AFRA scale
The global crude oil and refined product tanker fleet uses a classification system to standardize contract terms, establish shipping costs, and determine the ability of ships to travel into ports or through certain straights and channels. This system,...
2014-09-16 09:00:00

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New petroleum technology revitalizes Powder River Basin oil production
The Powder River Basin, well-known for its abundant coal supply, is experiencing a turnaround in oil production. Production has rebounded from a low of 38,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2009 to 78,000 bbl/d during first-quarter 2014. Although U.S. oil...
2014-09-15 09:00:00

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Natural gas storage deficit to five-year average continues to narrow
Storage injections have continued to outpace the five-year (2009-13) average this summer, with inventories as of September 5 at 2,801 billion cubic feet, according to data from the Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report. The winter of 2013-14 led to a large...
2014-09-12 09:00:00

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Despite decline in some regions, world oil consumption still seen rising
The largest potential for growth in demand for liquid fuels lies in the emerging economies of China, India, and countries in the Middle East, according to EIA's recently released International Energy Outlook 2014. In the Reference case projection, world...
2014-09-11 09:00:00

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EIA's forecast of 2014 gasoline use has risen 2 billion gallons (1.6%) in past 10 months
EIA's short-term forecasts of gasoline consumption, which cover the current and upcoming calendar year, have risen over the past year. The latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), released yesterday, expects 2014 gasoline consumption to be 8.82 million...
2014-09-10 09:00:00

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Natural gas, solar, and wind led power plant capacity additions in the first half of 2014
In the first six months of 2014, 4,350 megawatts (MW) of new utility-scale generating capacity came online, according to preliminary data from EIA's Electric Power Monthly. Natural gas plants, almost all combined-cycle plants, made up more than half of...
2014-09-09 09:10:00

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Geothermal resources used to produce renewable electricity in western states
Geothermal energy has been a small, but consistent, source of electricity in the United States since 1971, providing 0.4% of total U.S. generation in 2013. California is the site of most U.S. geothermal capacity, but since 2001 new geothermal capacity...
2014-09-08 09:20:00

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Commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant opens
On September 3, a joint venture company called POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels held the grand opening of its Project Liberty cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The plant is the first of three commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol facilities under...
2014-09-05 09:00:00

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Four states supply domestic uranium concentrate in 2013
Although most of the uranium used in domestic nuclear power plants is imported, domestic uranium processing facilities still provide sizeable volumes of uranium concentrate to U.S. nuclear power plants. In 2013, uranium concentrate was produced at seven...
2014-09-04 09:10:00

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Electricity transmission investments vary by region
Investment in new transmission infrastructure in the United States by investor-owned utilities has increased substantially over the past 15 years, but varies significantly across regions. Investor-owned utilities have added new transmission for several...
2014-09-03 09:00:00

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Residential electricity prices are rising
U.S. retail residential electricity prices for the first half of 2014 averaged 12.3 cents per kilowatthour, an increase of 3.2% from the same period last year. This is the highest year-over-year growth in residential prices for the first half of the...
2014-09-02 09:00:00

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