ENERGY

U.S. increases forecast for winter heating oil demand, cost

BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER
THE U.S. ENERGY DEPARTMENT has increased its estimate of what U.S. homes will spend heating their homes with oil this winter to $2,544.
Posted 12/11/12

DALLAS - The Energy Department increased its estimate of what U.S. households heating primarily with oil will spend this winter.

Households will pay an average of about $2,544 for heating oil between Oct. 1 and March 31. That’s 22 percent higher than last winter as a result of a 3.1 percent increase in prices and an 18 percent jump in consumption. The department projected in the November forecast that spending would rise 21 percent to an average of about $2,526, as prices gain 3.3 percent and consumption increases 17 percent.

About 6 percent of U.S. households depend on heating oil for space heating. The Northeast accounts for about 80 percent of these households.

Gasoline consumption will average 8.73 million barrels a day, down from 8.75 million in 2011, the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration said today in its monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook. Last month’s projection was 8.73 million barrels.

The department estimated 2013 consumption at 8.74 million barrels a day, up from the November forecast of 8.73 million.

Regular-grade gasoline will average $3.63 a gallon this year, lower than $3.64 estimated in last month’s forecast. Prices may average $3.43 in 2013, lower than the previous estimate of $3.44.

Distillate demand, including heating oil and diesel, will fall to 3.77 million barrels a day this year, down from the November forecast of 3.78 million barrels daily. Consumption next year is estimated to be 3.82 million barrels daily, lower than last month’s outlook of 3.84 million barrels.

Total U.S. fuel demand may fall to 18.64 million barrels a day this year, down from November’s outlook of 18.66 million. Net fuel exports will increase to 930,000 barrels a day this year from 370,000 barrels a day in 2011, the department said. The figure will drop to 850,000 barrels a day next year.

No comments on this story | Add your comment
Please log in or register to add your comment
Calendar
PBN Hosted
Events

Only a few seats remain for PBN's Manufacturing Awards Dinner and Ceremony, Thursday, April 24th, at the Bryant University Bello Center. Don't hesitate. Register today!
  • Business Women
    Accomplished. Confident. Wicked Smart. Nominate women you know who deserve speci ...
  • 40 Under Forty
    It's the 10th Anniversary of 40 Under Forty, and PBN is planning a special event ...
  • Healthiest Employers
    Enrollment now open for the 2014 Healthiest Employers Program. Please take a mom ...
Advertisement
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  •  
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  •  
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
  •  
    National
    Local
    Latest News