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Natural Gas is the Dominant Heating Fuel in Colder Parts of the Country

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Short-Term Energy Outlook and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationNatural gas consumption varies widely by region of the country. The majority of households that heat with natural gas...

Posted November 23, 2014    

Friday Energy Facts: Solar Photovoltaic Output Depends on Orientation, Tilt, and Tracking

Source: EIA, based on National Renewable Energy Laboratory's PVWatts, using default input values except as noted. Note: Tilted systems are assumed to be mounted with a 20-degree tilt from horizontal. The assumed system size is one kilowatt of direct...

Posted November 21, 2014    

European Residential Electricity Prices Increasing Faster than Prices in United States

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration and Eurostat. Note: European Union average consists of 27 member countries in 2006, 28 member countries for all other years.European residential electricity prices have historically exceeded U.S. prices...

Posted November 19, 2014    

Rail Shipments of Oil and Petroleum Products through October up 13% Over Year-Ago Period

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on Association of American Railroads. Note: These carloadings do not include intermodal traffic.U.S. rail traffic, including carloadings of all commodity types, has increased 4.5% through October...

Posted November 16, 2014    

Friday Energy Facts: After Record Injections, Natural Gas Storage Levels Now Within 7% of 5-Year Average

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Weekly Natural Gas Storage ReportWorking natural gas in storage ended October at 3,571 billion cubic feet (Bcf), a record increase of 2,734 Bcf during the April 1 to October 31 injection season, and...

Posted November 14, 2014    

Texas Leads Nation in Growth in Oil and Natural Gas Production Jobs During 2013

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. Note: Oil and natural gas production jobs comprise the North American Industry Classifications...

Posted November 8, 2014    

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

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Petroleum Supply MonthlyThe United States exported 401,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) of crude oil in July 2014, the highest level of exports in 57 years and the second highest monthly export volume...

Posted November 7, 2014    

Colder Weather Drives Forecast of 2014 Energy-Related CO2 Emissions 1.1% Above 2013 Level

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Short-Term Energy Outlook (October 2014)In the long term, energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are driven by economic and efficiency trends and changes in the fuel mix. But weather...

Posted November 2, 2014    

Friday Energy Facts: Benchmarks Play an Important Role in Pricing Crude Oil

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, from Bloomberg. Note: Dubai/Oman price calculated by taking the average of Dubai and Oman spot prices.When energy analysts and the media discuss the price of crude oil, they are typically referring to...

Posted October 31, 2014    

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

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on Bureau of Economic AnalysisTotal U.S. household energy consumption expenditures have generally declined relative to disposable income since 1960, although during periods of high energy prices...

Posted October 26, 2014    

Lower Electricity-Related CO2 Emissions Reflect Lower Carbon Intensity and Electricity Use

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual CO2 AnalysisU.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....

Posted October 24, 2014    

Friday Energy Facts: Net Energy Imports as Share of Consumption at Lowest Level in 29 Years

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy ReviewTotal 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...

Posted October 17, 2014