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Aug 10, 2020

Utility-scale battery storage capacity continued its upward trend in 2018

cumulative U.S. utility-scale battery storage capacity
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory and Annual Electric Generator Report

韩国三级电影Utility-scale battery storage systems are increasingly being installed in the United States. In 2010, the United States had seven operational battery storage systems, which accounted for 59 megawatts (MW) of power capacity (the maximum amount of power output a battery can provide in any instant) and 21 megawatthours (MWh) of energy capacity (the total amount of energy that can be stored or discharged by a battery). By the end of 2018, the United States had 125 operational battery storage systems, providing a total of 869 MW of installed power capacity and 1,236 MWh of energy capacity.

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Aug 7, 2020

COVID-19’s impact on commercial jet fuel demand has been significant and uneven

global commercial passenger flights
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Cirium, EUROCONTROL, International Civil Aviation Organization, and aircraft manufacturers

Efforts to contain the 2019 (COVID-19) have dramatically changed global commercial passenger flight volumes. These flights averaged a little more than 70,000 flights per day in January and February, fell to an average of less than 25,000 flights per day in April, and then started to increase again in May. Commercial jet fuel consumption showed a similar pattern, falling from an average of 4.3 million barrels per day (b/d) in January and February to 1.0 million b/d in April.

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Tags: consumption/demand, jet fuel, map韩国三级电影


Aug 6, 2020

Gasoline and diesel refining margins that diverged in March have moved closer together

selected Gulf Coast crude oil and petroleum product prices
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Bloomberg

U.S. gasoline and diesel crack spreads diverged sharply in March and April as a result of the mitigation efforts aimed at slowing the spread of the (COVID-19), but they have moved closer since May. Crack spreads are the difference between the price of crude oil and the wholesale price of a refined petroleum product, and they are used by industry to estimate refining margins.

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Aug 5, 2020

More than 100 coal-fired plants have been replaced or converted to natural gas since 2011

U.S. coal-to-natural gas plant conversion type and capacity
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Electric Generator Report and Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory

According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), 121 U.S. coal-fired power plants were repurposed to burn other types of fuels between 2011 and 2019, 103 of which were converted to or replaced by natural gas-fired plants. At the end of 2010, 316.8 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired capacity existed in the United States, but by the end of 2019, 49.2 GW of that amount was retired, 14.3 GW had the boiler converted to burn natural gas, and 15.3 GW was replaced with natural gas combined cycle. The decision for plants to switch from coal to natural gas was driven by stricter emission standards, low natural gas prices, and more efficient new natural gas turbine technology.

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Aug 4, 2020

U.S. crude oil production in May has a record monthly decrease

U.S. monthly crude oil and natural gas production
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production Report

Production of crude oil decreased in the United States in May 2020 by 1.99 million barrels per day (b/d), the largest monthly decrease since at least January 1980, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Monthly Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production Report. This decrease surpassed the previous record drop in September 2008 when Hurricanes Gustav and Ike韩国三级电影 caused production to fall by 1.03 million b/d. May marks the sixth consecutive monthly decrease in crude oil production and is the third month since the March 2020 concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Aug 3, 2020

Illinois is a top energy consumer and producer in the Midwest

total energy production and consumption in the Midwest
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, State Energy Data System

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) State Energy Data System (SEDS), Illinois had the highest energy consumption in the Midwest and was the third-highest energy producer of any state in the region. In 2018, customers in Illinois consumed 4.0 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) of energy, and 2.6 quadrillion Btu was produced in the state. Total energy production and consumption in Illinois each accounted for nearly 17% of the Midwest’s total.

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Jul 31, 2020

U.S. homes and businesses receive natural gas mostly from local distribution companies

natural gas deliveries to each sector by distribution type
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Natural Gas Annual Respondent Query System

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Natural Gas Annual Respondent Query System, 2,022 natural gas delivery companies delivered natural gas to end-use customers in the United States in 2018. A delivery company is defined as any entity that delivers natural gas directly to end users. In 2018, local distribution companies (LDCs) primarily served homes and businesses, delivering approximately 90%, or 22 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), of end-use natural gas to the residential and commercial sectors. Pipeline companies deliver the highest volume of natural gas to end-use consumers in the United States, predominately to electric power and industrial customers. Natural gas distributors operated by municipalities, referred to here as municipal companies韩国三级电影, are the most common type of natural gas distributor in the United States, but they deliver relatively small volumes of end-use natural gas.

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Jul 30, 2020

Most U.S. utility-scale geothermal power plants built since 2000 are binary-cycle plants

U.S. annual geothermal capacity additions by technology
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory

Utility-scale geothermal power plants in the United States use either steam power or a to generate electricity. Of the 2,558 megawatts (MW) of geothermal power plant capacity currently operating in the United States, 1,826 MW of capacity is from steam-powered plants and 731 MW of capacity is from binary-cycle powered plants. Unlike steam-powered geothermal power plants, which use steam directly from a geothermal well to spin a turbine and generate electricity, binary-cycle geothermal power plants use a heat exchanger to take heat from the hot water to heat a secondary fluid that then spins a turbine.

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Jul 29, 2020

U.S. energy consumption in April 2020 fell to its lowest level in more than 30 years

U.S. monthly total energy consumption
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) most recent Monthly Energy Review, the United States consumed 6.5 quadrillion British thermal units韩国三级电影 of energy in April 2020, the lowest monthly energy consumption since September 1989. Energy consumption in April 2020 was 14% lower than in April 2019, the largest year-over-year decrease in EIA’s monthly total energy consumption, a data series that dates back to 1973.

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Jul 28, 2020

2019 U.S. coal production falls to its lowest level since 1978

U.S. total annual coal production
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Coal Report

In 2019, U.S. coal production totaled 706 million short tons (MMst), a 7% decrease from the 756 MMst mined in 2018. Last year’s production was the lowest amount of coal produced in the United States since 1978, when a coal miners’ strike halted most of the country’s coal production from December 1977 to March 1978. Weekly coal production estimates from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) show the United States is on pace for an even larger decline in 2020, falling to production levels comparable with those in the 1960s.

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Tags: production/supply, coal, map韩国三级电影


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