Coal stockpiles at U.S. coal power plants have fallen since last year

In August 2017, coal stockpiles at electric power plants were 144 million tons, the lowest monthly level since late 2014, according to EIA’s Electric Power Monthly. Coal stockpiles at U.S. coal-fired power plants typically follow a seasonal pattern of increasing during the spring and fall, when electricity demand is relatively low, and decreasing during the summer and winter, when electricity demand is relatively high.

EIA forecasts growth in world nuclear electricity capacity, led by non-OECD countries

EIA’s International Energy Outlook 2017 (IEO2017) projects that global nuclear capacity will grow at an average annual rate of 1.6% from 2016 through 2040, led predominantly by countries outside of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). EIA expects China to continue leading world nuclear growth, followed by India.

Haynesville shale gas production increases to highest levels since end of 2013

Recent increases in drilling activity and well production rates are raising natural gas production levels in the Haynesville region, according to EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO). Marketed natural gas production in Haynesville reached 6.9 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in September after remaining near 6.0 Bcf/d for the previous three years.

Intensity of U.S. energy use in manufacturing decreases as output outpaces fuel use

The energy intensity of U.S. manufacturing has continued to decrease, according to the latest data from EIA’s Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS). From 2010 to 2014, manufacturing fuel consumption increased by 4.7%, while real gross output increased by 9.6%-or more than twice that rate—resulting in a 4.4% decrease in energy intensity.

U.S. crude oil production expected to increase through end of 2017, setting up record 2018

EIA forecasts that U.S crude oil production will average 9.4 million barrels per day (b/d) in the second half of 2017, 340,000 b/d more than in the first half of 2017. Production in 2018 is expected to average 9.9 million b/d, surpassing the previous high of 9.6 million b/d set in 1970, based on projections in EIA’s “Short-Term Energy Outlook”.

Buildings energy consumption in India is expected to increase faster than in other regions

EIA’s “International Energy Outlook 2017” (IEO2017) projects that among all regions of the world, the fastest growth in building energy consumption through 2040 will occur in India. In the IEO2017 Reference case, delivered energy consumption for residential and commercial buildings in India is expected to increase by an average of 2.7% per year between 2015 and 2040, more than twice the global average increase.

Building energy consumption in India is expected to increase faster than in other regions

EIA’s “International Energy Outlook 2017” (IEO2017) projects that among all regions of the world, the fastest growth in building energy consumption through 2040 will occur in India. In the IEO2017 Reference case, delivered energy consumption for residential and commercial buildings in India is expected to increase by an average of 2.7% per year between 2015 and 2040, more than twice the global average increase.

Global gas-to-liquids growth is dominated by two projects in South Africa and Uzbekistan

EIA’s International Energy Outlook 2017 (IEO2017) projects that liquids produced at gas-to-liquids (GTL) plants will increase as two large-scale projects are completed in South Africa and Uzbekistan. Most of the new GTL capacity will come from the conversion of Sasol’s coal-to-liquids plant in Secunda, South Africa, to a GTL facility. That conversion is expected to be completed by 2024.

Chinese coal-fired electricity generation expected to flatten as mix shifts to renewables

Coal-fired electricity generation in China, the world’s largest coal consumer, is expected to remain flat through 2040, according to EIA’s International Energy Outlook 2017 (IEO2017). Other fuels, such as renewables, natural gas, and nuclear power, are expected to make up increasing shares of China’s electricity generation.

EIA now publishes estimates of monthly rail shipments of petroleum coke and asphalt

To document industry changes and improve data series on petroleum product shipments, EIA’s most recent “Petroleum Supply Monthly” includes new information on petroleum coke and asphalt movements by rail within the United States and to and from Canada. Similar to EIA’s petroleum and biofuel rail movement data, the new monthly data include rail movements dating back to January 2010.

Hurricane Irma cut power to nearly two-thirds of Florida’s electricity customers

Hurricane Irma struck Florida on September 10, 2017, and knocked out power to 6.7 million electricity customers—64% of all customer accounts in the state—according to reports compiled by Florida’s Division of Emergency Management. In the week since the storm made landfall, less than 5% of Florida’s electricity customers remain without power.

Oman’s petroleum and other liquids production reached record levels in 2016

Oman set a new record with annual total oil production in 2016 exceeding 1 million barrels per day (b/d). Oman�s petroleum and other liquids production ranks seventh among the Middle Eastern countries. Oman is the largest oil producer in the Middle East that is not a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

Oman’s petroleum and other liquids production reached record levels in 2016

Oman set a new record with annual total oil production in 2016 exceeding 1 million barrels per day (b/d). Oman’s petroleum and other liquids production ranks seventh among the Middle Eastern countries. Oman is the largest oil producer in the Middle East that is not a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

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