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Average Size of New Commercial Buildings in United States Continues to Grow

May 17, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

U.S. Building Size

Increases in the size of commercial buildings have outpaced increases in the number of those buildings over the past decade. Information about the commercial building stock in 2012 is now being released, and energy-use information is expected later this year.[read more]

Implications of Higher Domestic Crude Production for U.S. Refining

May 12, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

U.S. Oil Production Effects and Impacts

The Energy Information Administration is developing a series of analyses that address the implications of current limitations on crude oil exports for prices, including both world and domestic crude oil and petroleum product prices, and for the level of domestic crude oil production and refining activity.[read more]

Natural Gas, Renewables Projected to Provide Larger Shares of Electricity Generation

May 10, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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U.S. Fuels and the Future

EIA projects that electricity consumption will increase at an average annual rate of 0.8% from 2013 to 2040, nearly in line with expected population growth. Continuing a recent trend toward lower levels of carbon-intensive generation, natural gas and renewable generation meet almost all of the increase.[read more]

U.S. Energy Demand Slows Except for Industrial, Commercial Sectors

May 8, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

United States Energy Demand and Change

U.S. energy consumption has slowed recently and is not anticipated to return to growth levels seen in the second half of the 20th century. Domestic consumption is expected to grow at a modest 0.3% per year through 2040, less than half the rate of population growth.[read more]

Is United States Energy Independence in Sight?

May 6, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles
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U.S. Energy Independence Possible?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration's latest Annual Energy Outlook features the key finding that the US is on track to reduce its net energy imports to essentially zero by 2030, if not sooner. That might seem surprising, in light of the recent collapse of oil prices and the resulting significant slowdown in drilling.[read more]

Increasing Domestic Production of Crude Oil Reduces Net Petroleum Imports

April 24, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Crude Oil Production Impacts

In its recently released Annual Energy Outlook 2015, the EIA expects United States crude oil production to rise through the year 2020 as oil prices recover from their steep decline, reducing net petroleum (crude oil and petroleum products) imports.[read more]

U.S. Energy Imports and Exports to Come into Balance for First Time Since 1950s

April 17, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Import/Export Balance

Projections show the potential to eliminate net U.S. energy imports sometime between 2020 and 2030. This reflects changes in both supply and demand, as continued growth in oil and natural gas production and the use of renewables combine with demand-side efficiencies to moderate demand growth.[read more]

Summer Gasoline Prices to be Down More than $1 from Last Summer

April 14, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Summer Gas Price Drop

U.S. drivers are projected to pay an average of $2.45/gallon (gal) for regular grade gasoline this summer (April through September), according to EIA's Short-Term Energy and Summer Fuels Outlook. This year's projected average summer price is down from a $3.59/gal average during summer 2014.[read more]

U.S. Solar Generation Doubled in 2014, Renewable Output Grew 11%

March 12, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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U.S. and Renewables Growth

New federal statistics out this week have shed more light on solar and wind energy’s emerging role in keeping the country’s lights on. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2014 saw non-hydro renewable energy generation increase by 11 percent over the previous year.[read more]

A Lesson in Oil Pricing

February 23, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles
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Oil and Energy Pricing

We should never become complacent about the price volatility of what is still, at this point, an indispensable commodity. The shale revolution and OPEC's current behavior don't guarantee that oil prices must remain depressed, any more than previous concerns about Peak Oil meant they would remain high indefinitely.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Improvements Have Largely Offset Effect of More, Larger Homes

February 20, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Energy Efficiency and Energy Consumption

Analysis of EIA's Residential Energy Consumption Survey conducted since 1980 shows how improvements in energy efficiency reduced energy intensity enough to offset more than 70% of the growth in both the number of households and the size of dwellings.[read more]

Charting Hawaii's Spectacular Solar Energy Growth

February 2, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Hawaii Solar Growth

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a report on Hawaii’s solar status this week, and Hawaii is officially a solar hot spot of national significance, and that makes it a fitting test bed for Department of Energy research meant to stretch the limits of rooftop PV penetration on island grids.[read more]

US Power Sector Needs $2.1 Trillion in Investment by 2035, Says EIA

December 22, 2014 by Jeff St. John

The US must spend $2.1 trillion for 30 years to modernize the grid and prepare for more renewable energy, according to the IEA. While the country’s “energy policy landscape has changed” since 2008, it still faces some serious barriers to reaching its carbon reduction and energy independence goals.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Crude Exports and Re-Exports Continue to Rise; Some Volumes Sent to Europe and Asia

November 7, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Exports Rising

The United States exported 401,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) of crude oil in July 2014, the highest level of exports in fifty-seven years and the second highest monthly export volume since 1920, when the Energy Information Administration's published data actually starts.[read more]

Consumer Energy Expenditures are 5% of Disposable Income, Below Long-Term Average

October 26, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Consumer Energy Costs

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 ranged between 4% and 8% of disposable income since 1960.[read more]