Winter weather effects

Much of the US has experienced unrelenting cold weather during January and February. The winter weather increased demand for space heating fuels and upset crude oil and natural gas production as well as refinery operations, pipelines, and railways. Because of these hindrances, the nation's energy infrastructure had been tested to deliver much-needed fuel to demanding markets. The demand for distillate, propane, and natural gas increased considerably caused by these colder-than-normal temperatures. Electric power plants in the US Northeast were switching to residual and distillate fuels to replace the limited supply of—and higher-priced—natural gas. According to the US Energy Information A...

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