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Hawaii and Vermont Set High Renewable Portfolio Standard Targets

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration. Note: The figure includes primary renewable targets and does not adjust for additional sub-targets.Two states recently passed legislation that would require significant increases in renewable...

Posted July 6, 2015    

Fossil Fuels Have Made Up at Least 80% of U.S. Fuel Mix Since 1900

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy ReviewWhile the energy history of the United States is one of significant change, three fossil fuel sources—petroleum, natural gas, and coal—have made up at least 80% of total U.S....

Posted July 3, 2015    

Argentina and China Lead Shale Development Outside North America in First Half of 2015

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration and Advanced Resources International, Inc., World Shale Gas and Shale Oil Resource Assessment.As recently as last year, only four countries in the world were producing commercial volumes of either...

Posted June 29, 2015    

Friday Energy Facts: U.S. Refinery Capacity Reaches 18 Million Barrels Per Day

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2015 Refinery Capacity Report.Increased refinery runs—based on increases in both capacity and utilization—have helped accommodate increases in U.S. crude oil production. The United States' capacity to...

Posted June 26, 2015    

Under Sanctions, Iran's Crude Oil Exports Have Nearly Halved in Three Years

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on Lloyd's List Intelligence, Global Trade Information Services, Eurostat, and trade press. Note: Values may not add to the total because of independent rounding. Note: OECD is the Organization...

Posted June 25, 2015    

Oil and Natural Gas Production Job Declines Tend to Lag Oil Price Declines

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics (CES) and Brent oil spot prices from Thomson Reuters.Employment in oil and natural gas extraction and support activities in the...

Posted June 24, 2015    

U.S. Crude Oil Production Growth Helps Gulf Coast Imports

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Petroleum Supply MonthlyIn recent years, higher domestic production of light, tight crude oil has led to a reduction in crude oil imports. Certain types of crude oil have been affected more than...

Posted June 22, 2015    

Oil Exploration in the U.S. Arctic Continues Despite Current rice Environment

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation CommissionAlaska's crude oil production has declined from 1.8 million barrels per day (MMb/d) in 1991 to 0.5 MMb/d in 2014, and it is expected to continue...

Posted June 16, 2015    

Efficiency Moderates Effects of Higher Electricity Prices Under Proposed Clean Power Plan

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Analysis of the Impacts of the Clean Power Plan.Republished June 11, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to clarify expected electricity generation differences in certain regions.EIA's recently released analysis of the...

Posted June 12, 2015    

Proposed Clean Power Plan Would Accelerate Renewable Additions and Coal Plant Retirements

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Analysis of the Impacts of the Clean Power Plan. Note: Other includes hydropower, geothermal, biomass, municipal solid waste, and other gaseous fuels used in end-use sectors.EIA's analysis of the...

Posted June 10, 2015    

Levelized cost comparisons help explain value of various electric generation technologies

When power plants are built, several factors influence the choice of fuels and technologies that will ultimately generate electricity. Cost is one of the most difficult factors to compare, as technologies can have vastly different capital, fuel,...

Posted June 5, 2015    

Friday Energy Facts: Increases in U.S. Crude Oil Production are Predominantly Light Sweet Crude

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Crude Oil Production to 2025: Updated Projection of Crude TypesU.S. crude oil production has grown rapidly in recent years, primarily from light, sweet crude (less dense, lower sulfur content)...

Posted June 5, 2015