News Feed – EIA-Today in Energy

  • Mixed water supply conditions affect hydropower outlook in Pacific Northwest
    on June 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    On June 6, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Northwest River Forecast Center (NWRFC) released its final Pacific Northwest water supply projection of 2019. The forecast through September, the end of the current water year, shows above-average water supply in the southern half of the Columbia River Basin and below-average supply in the northern half. […]

  • Japan is the world's third-largest coal-importing country
    on June 14, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Japan imported more than 210 million short tons (MMst) of coal in 2018, making it the world's third-largest coal-importing country after only India and China. Japan continues to use steam coal to fuel one-third of its electricity generation and metallurgical coal for raw steel production. […]

  • Monthly U.S. crude oil imports from OPEC fall to a 30-year low
    on June 13, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    U.S. imports of crude oil from members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in March 2019 totaled 1.5 million barrels per day (b/d), their lowest level since March 1986, based on data in EIA’s Petroleum Supply Monthly. U.S. crude oil imports from OPEC members have generally fallen over the previous decade as domestic crude oil production has increased […]

  • Southwestern states have better solar resources and higher solar PV capacity factors
    on June 12, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    On average, utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in the United States operated at about 25% of their electricity generating capacity, based on an average of annual values from 2014 through 2017. This measurement, known as a plant’s capacity factor, is based on the plant’s electricity generation as a percentage of its summer capacity value for plants with a full-year of operation, as expressed in terms of alternating current (AC) power. States in the Southwest United States tend to have better solar resources—and higher capacity factors—than those in the Southeast or Northeast. […]

  • Sempra Energy ships first liquefied natural gas cargo from Cameron LNG export facility
    on June 11, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    On May 31, 2019, Sempra Energy, the majority owner of the Cameron liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility, announced that the company had shipped its first cargo of LNG, becoming the fourth such facility in the United States to enter service since 2016. Upon completion of Phase 1 of the Cameron LNG project, U.S. baseload operational LNG-export capacity increased to about 4.8 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d). […]

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