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As Cash Flow Flattens, Major Energy Companies Increase Debt, Sell Assets

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on Evaluate Energy database. Note: Annualized means each point on the graph is the sum of the previous four quarters. Thus, the first-quarter 2014 results on an annualized basis mean the data...

Posted August 1, 2014    

Friday Energy Facts: Oil and Natural Gas Sales Accounted for 68% of Russia's Total Export Revenues in 2013

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Russia Federal Customs Service. Note: Natural gas includes liquefied natural gas (LNG) sales.Russia is a major exporter of crude oil, petroleum products, and natural gas. Sales of these fuels...

Posted July 25, 2014    

Friday Energy Facts: Oil and Natural Gas Resource Categories Reflect Varying Degrees of Certainty

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration. Note: Resource categories are not drawn to scale relative to the actual size of each resource category. The graphic shown above is applicable only to oil and natural gas resources.Crude oil and...

Posted July 18, 2014    

Fuel Economy Improvements Show Diminishing Returns in Fuel Savings

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Outlook 2014 Note: Calculations in graphic assume a fuel price of $3.50 per gallon and annual travel of 12,000 miles per vehicle.Fuel costs, which depend on vehicle fuel economy, miles...

Posted July 15, 2014    

Production of Fossil Fuels from Federal and Indian Lands Fell in 2013

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of the Interior Note: The federal fiscal year runs October 1-September 30. NGPL denotes natural gas plant liquids.Sales volumes of fossil fuels from production on federal and Indian...

Posted July 13, 2014    

EIA Projections Show Hydro Growth Limited by Economics not Resources

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, EIA-860, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Note: Capacity values prior to 1989 are estimates. Existing capacity includes conventional hydroelectric and pumped storage. New stream-reach...

Posted July 11, 2014    

The Columbia River Basin Provides More than 40% of Total U.S. Hydroelectric Generation

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, from Bonneville Power Administration Note: Click to enlarge.Hydroelectric power plants located in the Columbia River Basin account for a little more than one third of all the hydroelectric capacity in...

Posted July 7, 2014    

North Dakota and Texas Now Provide Nearly Half of U.S. Crude Oil Production

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Petroleum Supply MonthlyU.S. crude production in April 2014 was 8.4 million barrels per day (bbl/d), with two states, Texas and North Dakota, accounting for nearly half of this total. Texas production...

Posted July 6, 2014    

A Perspective on U.S. Gasoline Prices Heading into Fourth of July Weekend

Source: Provided by GasBuddy.comOn Monday, June 30, the national average retail gasoline price was $3.70 per gallon. Although this is the highest average heading into the Fourth of July holiday since 2008, gasoline prices in 2014 have remained well...

Posted July 4, 2014    

Texas Hits New Peak Wind Output

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)At 8:48 p.m. on March 26, wind generation on the electric grid covering most of the state of Texas reached a new instantaneous peak output of...

Posted June 29, 2014    

Fuel Economy Standards Drive Down Projected Gasoline Use; Diesel Use, Product Exports Rise

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Outlook 2014 Reference caseIn the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014) Reference case, more-stringent vehicle fuel economy standards contribute...

Posted June 27, 2014    

California Continues to Set Daily Records for Utility-Scale Solar Energy

Source: CAISO Daily Renewables Watch Note: Data do not include distributed generation solar electricity where output is behind-the-meter.On June 1, 2014, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) recorded a record midday hourly peak of 4,...

Posted June 26, 2014