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  • Pre-Thanksgiving gasoline prices at lowest level since 2015
    25 November 2020
    The average U.S. regular retail gasoline price (the price that consumers pay at the pump) during the week before Thanksgiving this year was $2.10 per gallon (gal), the lowest average retail gasoline price for the Monday before Thanksgiving since 2015, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update.
  • EIA updates geological maps of Midland Basin's Wolfcamp formation
    24 November 2020
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released new structure and thickness maps for the Wolfcamp play in the Midland Basin, which is a part of the larger Permian Basin in western Texas and southeastern New Mexico. The Wolfcamp formation has attracted many oil companies because of its stacked potential (that is, multiple hydrocarbon-producing zones on top of one another).
  • New York generated the fourth most electricity from renewable sources of any state in 2019
    23 November 2020
    In 2019, more electricity was generated from renewable sources in New York than in all but three states, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Electric Power Monthly. New York's 39.4 million megawatthours (MWh) of renewable electricity generation was more than any other state east of the Mississippi River and accounted for 30% of the state's total electricity generation in 2019.
  • Off-grid solar generation could affect how Africa uses coal, natural gas for electricity
    20 November 2020
    In the International Energy Outlook 2020 (IEO2020), the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects electricity generation in Africa using two cases with different assumptions about how future electricity needs are fulfilled. In the Maximum Grid Expansion case, in which a centralized grid is developed to meet electricity demand throughout the continent, EIA projects that solar photovoltaic generators will meet 13% of Africa's electricity generation in 2050. In this case, EIA's projections do not include off-grid, stand-alone generators. In contrast, in the Maximum Off-Grid case, where demand growth in the southern half of the continent (Africa-South) is met by off-grid resources, solar energy—from both grid-connected and off-grid systems—will provide 21% of continent-wide electricity generation in 2050.
  • About 25% of U.S. power plants can start up within an hour
    19 November 2020
    About 25% of U.S. power plants can start up�going from being shut down to fully operating�within one hour, based on data collected in EIA's annual survey of electric generators. Some power plants, especially those powered by coal and nuclear fuel, require more than half a day to reach full operations. The time it takes a power plant to reach full operations can affect the reliability and operations of the electric grid.