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Energy consumption rises as recovery continues


Crude oil closed at $70 per barrel for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) on the New York Stock Exchange (NYMEX) on June 8. Brent crude oil, which is traded on the international exchange, has closed at more than $70 for several days.

EIA estimates the price of Brent oil will remain strong amid expectations of global demand rises. “We expect Brent prices will remain near current levels in the third quarter of 2021, averaging $68 per barrel,” EIA stated. EIA does not forecast oil prices in the U.S.

EIA estimates global oil consumption at 96.2 million barrels per day (b/d) in May, which is an increase of 11.9 million barrels per day from May 2020 but 3.7 million barrels per day less than in May 2019.

“We forecast that global consumption of petroleum and liquid fuels will average 97.7 million b/d for all of 2021, which is a 5.4 million b/d increase from 2020,” EIA stated.

Gasoline consumption is expected to rise, too, going from 7.8 million barrels b/d to 9.1 million b/d this summer (April to September) and average 8.7 million b/d throughout 2021.

Gasoline prices are expected to average $2.92 per gallon this summer compared to $2.07 last year.

EIA predicts natural gas prices at Henry Hub will remain strong averaging $4.09 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) in 2021. Natural gas price at Henry Hub averaged $2.91 per MMBtu in May. “In 2022, we expect the Henry Hub price will average $2.93 amid slowing growth in LNG exports and rising U.S. natural gas production,” EIA stated.

EIA forecast gains for wind and solar generating capacity in 2021 and 2022.  “We estimate that the U.S. electric power sector added 14.8 gigawatts (GW) of new wind capacity in 2020. We expect 16.0 GW of new wind capacity will come online in 2021 and 5.3 GW in 2022.

Utility-scale solar capacity rose by an estimated 10.5 GW in 2020. Our forecast for added utility-scale solar capacity is 15.5 GW 2021 and 16.6 GW for 2022. We expect significant solar capacity additions in Texas during the forecast period.”

Alex Mills is the former President of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers.

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3 Comments on "Energy consumption rises as recovery continues"

  1. J P Getty on Tue, 15th Jun 2021 8:29 am 

    Interesting: PCG writes down 70% of their reserves in Underground Storage – saying they are NOT USEABLE…

    Hmmm… I thought those 2019 power blackouts were due to wildfire prevention… Guess I was wrong…

    Surely this is not true for other Underground Storage Facilities as well… Like those in Salt Caverns in TX, LA & MS…

  2. solitaire spider on Wed, 16th Jun 2021 3:57 am 

    The EIA does not forecast oil prices in the U.Se.

  3. ANAL REAPER on Wed, 16th Jun 2021 4:41 pm 

    Wonder how many Dems are actually proud of Alzheimer Joe and that stupid slut Harris.


    Stupid liberals go fuck yourselves.

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