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Demand response saves electricity during times of high demand
Demand response in the electricity market involves the targeted reduction of electricity use during times of high demand. In response, customers receive incentives for these reductions. A recent Supreme Court ruling is expected to result in faster...
2016-02-08 08:00:00

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California has nearly half of the nation's solar electricity generating capacity
The United States has slightly more than 20,000 megawatts (MW) of solar generating capacity, which includes utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal installations, as well as distributed generation solar PV systems, also known as rooftop...
2016-02-05 08:00:00

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High inventories help push crude oil prices to lowest levels in 13 years
Several factors have played a part in pushing U.S. crude oil prices below $30 per barrel, including high inventory levels of crude oil, uncertainty about global economic growth, volatility in equity and nonenergy commodity markets, and the potential for...
2016-02-04 08:00:00

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Computer and technology use in education buildings continues to increase
Based on data collected in EIA's latest Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), the number of computers in education buildings across the United States is continuing to grow rapidly. On average, education buildings have nearly twice as...
2016-02-03 08:00:00

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Electricity generation from renewable sources expected to grow 9% this year
Electricity generated from utility-scale renewable plants is expected to grow by 9% in 2016, based on projections in the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook. Much of the growth comes from new installations of wind and solar plants and increases in...
2016-02-02 08:00:00

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Natural gas leak at California storage site raises environmental and reliability concerns
On October 23, 2015, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) detected a major leak at Aliso Canyon, an underground natural gas storage facility located 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The Aliso Canyon storage facility, which has 115 wells, is the...
2016-02-01 08:00:00

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Winter storm knocks out power for more than a million customers
The severe winter storm that began Friday, January 22, and continued through Saturday, January 23, affected energy infrastructure throughout much of the eastern United States. Heavy snowfall, high winds, and ice knocked out power to more than one...
2016-01-29 08:00:00

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New pipeline projects increase Northeast natural gas takeaway capacity
A number of recently completed and upcoming natural gas infrastructure projects are expected to increase the reach of natural gas produced in the Marcellus and Utica regions of the Northeastern United States. These projects are intended to transport...
2016-01-28 08:00:00

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Spread between Henry Hub, Marcellus natural gas prices narrows as pipeline capacity grows
Natural gas spot prices around the United States are often compared to prices at the Henry Hub in Louisiana. At trading points in and around the Marcellus and Utica plays in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, natural gas prices consistently trade...
2016-01-27 08:00:00

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Changing contract expiration dates will affect crude oil futures comparisons
A change to the North Sea Brent crude oil futures contract will alter the way prices for Brent futures are compared to futures prices for WTI crude oil. Beginning January 29, the Brent contract will expire, or rollover to the next month, approximately...
2016-01-26 08:00:00

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Natural gas prices expected to rise over next two years
The average natural gas spot price at the benchmark Henry Hub for December 2015 of $1.93 per MMBtu was the lowest monthly average since March 1999. EIA's latest "Short-Term Energy Outlook" expects natural gas prices to rise, averaging $2.65/MMBtu in...
2016-01-25 08:00:00

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Upcoming winter storm may cause problems for East Coast energy infrastructure
An upcoming winter storm has resulted in blizzard watches in major Mid-Atlantic cities, including Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. Nearly 75 million people are in regions expected to be affected by the storm. In addition to...
2016-01-22 08:00:00

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Oman is the largest non-OPEC oil producer in the Middle East
Oman is the largest producer of crude oil (including condensate) in the Middle East that is not a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Oman's oil production has increased each year since 2007 and ranked 7th among...
2016-01-21 08:00:00

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Hydrogen for refineries is increasingly provided by industrial suppliers
Refineries use hydrogen to lower the sulfur content of diesel fuel. Refinery demand for hydrogen has increased as demand for diesel fuel has risen both domestically and internationally, and as sulfur-content regulations have become more stringent. EIA...
2016-01-20 08:00:00

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Iran's petroleum production expected to increase as sanctions are lifted
Implementation day for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), an agreement among Iran, the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany), and the European Union (EU), occurred on January 16 when the...
2016-01-19 08:00:00

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Warmer weather, lower energy prices are reducing home heating expenditures
Warmer temperatures and lower energy prices have contributed to a reduction in EIA's current forecast average heating expenditures this winter compared with the forecast in the October 2015 "Winter Fuels Outlook".
2016-01-15 08:00:00

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Crude oil prices to remain relatively low through 2016 and 2017
The Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) released on January 12, which is the first STEO to include projections for 2017, forecasts Brent crude oil prices will average $40 per barrel (b) in 2016 and $50/b in 2017. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil...
2016-01-13 08:00:00

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State severance tax revenues decline as fossil fuel prices drop
Several states that collect significant revenue from severance taxes on fossil fuel extraction are re-evaluating current and upcoming operating budgets and taxation structures to address revenue shortfalls. Severance taxes are often imposed on the...
2016-01-12 08:00:00

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Wholesale power prices decrease across the country in 2015
Wholesale electricity prices at major trading hubs on a monthly average basis for on-peak hours were down 27%-37% across the nation in 2015 compared with 2014, driven largely by lower natural gas prices. Because natural gas-fired generation sets the...
2016-01-11 08:00:00

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Coal production and prices decline in 2015
Since reaching a high point in 2008, coal production in the United States has continued to decline. U.S. coal production in 2015 is expected to be about 900 million short tons, 10% lower than in 2014 and the lowest level since 1986. Regionally,...
2016-01-08 08:00:00

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