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Electricity distribution investments rose over the past two decades
Investment by U.S. investor-owned utilities in the electricity distribution system has increased over the past two decades. While down from a peak of $20 billion in 2012, 2013 levels remain higher than spending in the 1990s and early 2000s. Increased...
2014-10-24 09:00:00

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Lower electricity-related CO2 emissions reflect lower carbon intensity and electricity use
U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) have declined in five of the past eight years. This trend has been led by emissions reductions in the electric power sector. Electricity demand growth has been lower than in the past and at the same...
2014-10-23 09:00:00

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Weather-driven energy intensity increase led to higher energy-related emissions in 2013
U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions increased in 2013 by 129 million metric tons (2.5%), the largest increase since 2010 and the fourth-largest increase since 1990. Emissions trends reflect a combination of economic factors (population...
2014-10-22 09:00:00

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Consumer energy expenditures are roughly 5% of disposable income, below long-term average
Total U.S. household energy consumption expenditures have generally declined relative to disposable income since 1960, although during periods of high energy prices, consumers devote increasing shares of their income to energy. Energy expenditures...
2014-10-21 09:00:00

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North Dakota aims to reduce natural gas flaring
About one-third of the natural gas North Dakota has produced in recent years has been flared rather than sold to customers or consumed on-site. In an effort to reduce the amount of natural gas flared, North Dakota's Industrial Commission (NDIC)...
2014-10-20 09:00:00

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Energy for growing and harvesting crops is a large component of farm operating costs
The U.S. agriculture industry used nearly 800 trillion British thermal units (Btu) of energy in 2012, or about as much primary energy as the entire state of Utah. Agricultural energy consumption includes energy needed to grow and harvest crops and...
2014-10-17 09:00:00

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EIA launches expanded winter heating fuels data program for winter 2014-15
EIA is expanding the State Heating Oil and Propane Program (SHOPP) this winter heating season. SHOPP is a joint effort between EIA and participating states to collect weekly residential heating oil and propane price data. The SHOPP program has...
2014-10-16 09:00:00

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Some Appalachian natural gas spot prices are well below the Henry Hub national benchmark
Some natural gas prices at trading hubs in the Appalachian Basin's Marcellus Shale play are trading well below the national benchmark spot price at the Henry Hub in Louisiana. Over the past month, spot prices at many Appalachian hubs have dropped below...
2014-10-15 09:00:00

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Newly released heat content data allow for state-to-state natural gas comparisons
The heat content of natural gas, or the amount of energy released when a volume of gas is burned, varies according to the extent that gases with higher heat content than methane are included in delivered gas. EIA is now publishing the heat content of...
2014-10-14 09:00:00

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Net energy imports as share of consumption at lowest level in 29 years
Total U.S. net imports of energy as a share of energy consumption fell to their lowest level in 29 years for the first six months of 2014. Total energy consumption in the first six months of 2014 was 3% above consumption during the first six months of...
2014-10-10 09:00:00

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Lower petrochemical use of propane driven by wider price spread between propane and ethane
Propane demand is expected to be 110,000 barrels per day lower on average in 2014 compared to 2013 because of reduced demand from petrochemical plants, according to EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook. In contrast to propane used as a heating fuel in...
2014-10-09 09:00:00

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Lower demand, higher supply drive oil prices to lowest level since 2012
The price of North Sea Brent crude oil has fallen to around $91 per barrel, the lowest level in more than two years and about 21% lower than its year-to-date peak of $115 per barrel on June 19. Before its recent decline, average monthly Brent spot...
2014-10-08 09:00:00

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Less severe weather means lower expected household heating bills this winter
After the unusually cold winter of 2013-14, U.S. households can expect lower heating expenditures this winter (October through March) compared with last winter. According to EIA's Short-Term Energy and Winter Fuels Outlook, average household...
2014-10-07 11:10:00

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California drought leads to less hydropower, increased natural gas generation
The drought in California continues to increase in severity since California's governor declared a state of drought emergency in January 2014. As of September 30, 58% of the state was classified as experiencing exceptional drought, the most intense...
2014-10-06 09:00:00

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U.S. coal exports fall on lower European demand, increased global supply
U.S. coal exports have continued to decline from record volumes in 2012. During first-half 2014, coal exports totaled 52.3 MMst, 16% below the same period in 2013. Most of these exports go to countries in Europe and Asia. Export declines reflect both...
2014-10-03 09:00:00

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Propane use for crop drying depends on weather and corn markets as well as crop size
Ohe U.S. Department of Agriculture expects this fall's corn harvest to be slightly larger than last fall's record harvest. Depending on the timing and moisture content of the crop, the harvest could have effects on the propane market, as propane is...
2014-10-02 09:00:00

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Natural gas storage injections typically continue beyond the end of October
In natural gas markets, analysts refer to the storage injection season as running from April 1 through October 31 of each year, but these dates are not strict cutoff points. In each of the past 11 years, going back to the first full year of EIA's weekly...
2014-10-01 09:00:00

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California?s subhourly wholesale electricity market opens to systems outside its footprint
On October 1, the grid operator for most of California will begin simulating the balancing of subhourly electricity supply and demand for PacifiCorp's electric service areas in the western United States through an energy imbalance market. After a month...
2014-09-30 09:00:00

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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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