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US total petroleum demand up in September year-on-year; highest September gasoline deliveries on record

Total petroleum deliveries in September increased 1.0% from September 2015, but were down 2.6% from August to average 19.6 million barrels per day, according to figures from the American Petroleum Institute (API). These September deliveries were the highest deliveries for the month in nine years, since 2007.

For the third quarter of 2016, total petroleum deliveries, a measure of US petroleum demand, decreased by 0.1% from the same period last year. For year to date, total domestic petroleum deliveries remained flat compared to the same period last year.

Gasoline deliveries in September were up from the prior year, the prior year’s third quarter, and the prior year to date, but were down from the prior month. Total motor gasoline deliveries, a measure of consumer gasoline demand, moved up 1.1% from September 2015 to nearly 9.4 million barrels per day–the highest September deliveries on record.

Even as the official driving season ended on Labor Day, gasoline deliveries for the month of September were the highest on record. It means the economy is moving in the right direction with more Americans working, driving, and shopping.

—Erica Bowman, API chief economist

US crude oil production declined 8.9% from year ago levels. However, at an average of 8.6 million barrels per day, domestic crude oil production in September increased by 0.8% from August—the first month over month increase in six months. Compared with year to date 2015, domestic crude oil production declined 6.1%. Compared to third quarter of 2015, crude oil production decreased 8.5% for the third quarter of 2016. September crude oil production was the third highest level for the month and the second highest year to date level in 31 years, since 1985.

US total petroleum imports in September averaged just under 10.0 million barrels per day, down 7.1% from the prior month, but up 6.4% from the prior year. This was the third lowest for the month of September since 1996, in 20 years.

Third quarter 2016 total imports were up 8.3% compared with the same period last year. Year-to-date total imports were up 6.3% to average 10.1 million barrels per day compared with year to date 2015. Meanwhile, crude oil imports increased 7.1% from September 2015, averaging at 7.7 million barrels per day. Compared with August, crude oil imports decreased by 7.7%. For the third quarter, crude imports were up 8.6% compared with the third quarter of 2015. For year to date, crude imports were up 7.7% compared with year to date 2015.

Crude oil stocks (excluding lease stocks) ended in September averaging at 468.6 million barrels. This was the highest September inventory level in 86 years, since 1930. Crude stocks were down by 3.3% from the prior month, but were up by 9.2% from the prior year.

Stocks of motor gasoline ended in September down 2.6% from last month, and unchanged from last year, to end at 225.2 million barrels. These were the highest stocks for the month in 26 years, since 1990, but the lowest in 2016.



Refining, transporting and burning crude oil at the rate of 19.6M barrel/day (about 22% of the total world consumption) together with increasing volume of NG and Coal, probably creates a lot more GHG and pollution than reported.

Meanwhile, we've had record high temperatures for the last 11+ years. Insects and many associated diseases (Sika +++) are moving in from the south.

We may have a second green Xmas soon and more in coming years?

More and more people are against the installation of new (Oil and NG) pipelines. It is doubtful if the (1)Alberta-West Coast. (2) Alberta-Texas and (3) Alberta- East Coast pipelines will be built. More delays will happen.

More HEVs, PHEVs, FC-PHEVs, BEVs and FCEVs could help but very cheap gas does not help. More Sugar and Corn Ethanol is not the proper solution.


More cellulose bio fuels CAN help,
internal combustion engines are not going away soon,
EV/PHEV at 1% after 5 years show that.


Tesla's Gigafactory alone is sufficient to turn 25% of new US LDV sales into PHEVs, or make ~3% of sales into EVs.  This is hitting the tipping point.

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EP I believe you are still using the 35Gwh nameplate for the Giga fac. Musk and Straubel now think they can make 105Gwh of cells and 150 Gwh of battery packs at the same space as what the got permit and land to build on. See below. Assuming all goes into model 3 and that Model 3 will use a 55kwh battery that is enough for making 2.7 million such Model 3 cars per year. If this is not enough to satisfy demand Tesla will build another fac and another and so forth.

The petro dictators should enjoy it while it last because it their industry will be in terminal decline after 2020 when Tesla and other automakers start making million of driverless vehicles that each do about 100.000 miles per year. And then come the hyperloop trains that will end most international shipping and aviation as well because it is much faster with 1500 miles per hour and cost peanuts in energy costs that is all electric. However, making a submerged hyperloop for container shipping over the pacific and the Atlantic will be an insanely costly infrastructure project. However, it can be done and we do have the money on this planet to do it. It will take decades. We also get a worldwide super grid by doing it something that will make dealing with intermittency from renewable less costly.


E-P is correct on this one.

Since the battery pack used for one extended range BEV could equip up to five 30-40 miles PHEVs, it seems evident that PHEVs could be a quicker way to electrify a very high percentage of our ground travel.

Replace the 30% efficient dirty ICE in PHEVs with a small mass produced 30 to 40 KW, 60% efficient clean FC and you would have extended range all weather electrified vehicles. The relative battery pack size versus the FC size could vary to suit users requirements. Those vehicles will be marketed in 2017/2018.


PHEVs seem like a better use of batteries when you can run the engines on bio synthetic fuels.


We don't necessarily need biosynthetics, at least for a while.  OTOH this carbonization process appears to produce a clean syngas which would yield about 7% methanol by weight using off-the-shelf technology.  If we just fed all our municipal garbage, yard waste, un-compostable crop waste, etc. through such reactors we could get a heck of a lot of stable carbon-char product (no methane production, ready to sequester) and a substantial byproduct of ready-made motor fuel.  The process as a whole, with the char either buried or used as a soil amendment, could be strongly carbon-negative.

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