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  • State gasoline taxes varied widely across the United States in July
    on September 23, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    In the most recent update of our table of federal and state motor fuel taxes, state gasoline taxes ranged from as low as 8.95 cents per gallon (/gal) in Alaska to as high as 65.1 cents/gal in California on July 1, 2022. Compared with January 2022, 13 states changed some part of their gasoline taxes.

  • China increased electricity generation annually from 2000 to 2020
    on September 22, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    China has steadily increased its electricity generation over the past 20 years, reaching 7,600 terawatthours (TWh) in 2020 from 1,280 TWh in 2000, according to our recently updated Country Analysis Brief: China. Despite COVID-19 mitigation efforts in 2020, China still expanded its electricity generation by 5% in 2020.

  • California fuel mix changes in response to September heat wave
    on September 21, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    An extreme heat wave affected California the week of September 4, 2022, driving record-breaking demand for electricity to meet increased air-conditioning use. On September 6, a new record was set in the California Independent System Operator's (CAISO) territory.

  • The Waha Hub natural gas price continues to fall below the Henry Hub price
    on September 20, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Since late 2021, the difference has been widening between the natural gas price at the Waha Hub in West Texas and the U.S. benchmark Henry Hub in Louisiana. The price of natural gas traded at the Waha Hub, which is near production from the Permian Basin, averaged $1.43 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) less than the Henry Hub price during the first half of September. In comparison, in the first half of September 2021, natural gas at the Waha Hub traded at an average of 24 cents/MMBtu less than the Henry Hub price.

  • Nuclear power provided about 10% of California's total electricity supply in 2021
    on September 19, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    In 2021, three nuclear power plants supplied about 10% of California's electricity. Diablo Canyon, located in San Luis Obispo County, is California's last operating nuclear power plant, and it supplied over 8% of California's electricity in 2021. The remaining nuclear electricity supply was imported from the Palo Verde Generating Station in Arizona and the Columbia Generating Station in Washington.

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