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U.S. fuel ethanol production continues to grow in 2017
Through the first six months of 2017, U.S. weekly ethanol production averaged 1.02 million barrels per day (b/d), an increase of 5% over the same period in 2016.
Mexico conducts its first natural gas pipeline capacity open season
As part of a series of ongoing energy reforms, Mexico's National Center for Natural Gas Control (CENAGAS) recently conducted the first open season to auction capacity rights on the country's natural gas pipeline grid.
One in eight U.S. homes uses a programmed thermostat with a central air conditioning unit
Programmable thermostats are designed to help manage energy use, but most of the U.S. households with these controls do not choose to program their thermostats. Based on information collected through EIAï¿½s Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) for 2015, only 12% of the nationï¿½s 118 million households had a central air-conditioning unit that is actually controlled using the programmed thermostat.
U.S. coal exports have increased over the past six months
Coal exports for the first quarter of 2017 were 58% higher than in the same quarter last year, with steam coal exports increasing by 6 million short tons (MMst) and metallurgical coal exports increasing by 2 MMst. Most of these exports were shipped from Atlantic Coast and Gulf of Mexico ports.
Retail price of regular gasoline forecast to average $2.38 per gallon this summer
In the latest "Short-Term Energy Outlook" (STEO), EIA forecasts that the U.S. retail price for regular gasoline will average $2.38 per gallon (gal) this summer (April through September). If realized, it would be the second-lowest summer average gasoline price since 2005.