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EIA diesel prices still in limbo going into third week

From Transport Topics.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration is delaying its weekly release of national diesel prices for a third week in a row due to network issues, it announced June 30.

EIA usually releases national diesel and gasoline prices together on a weekly basis. It was able to get out gasoline prices after a two-week delay.

But diesel prices will be postponed once again.

“We will not be able to publish those figures by the next scheduled release date of July 5,” EIA said in an email alert June 30. “We are continuing to work around the clock to fix the affected systems so we can publish our diesel price data as soon as possible and fully return to our regular data publication schedule.”

EIA was able to pinpoint the source of the problem June 17. It discovered that voltage irregularity caused hardware failures on two of its main processing servers.

The hardware has since been replaced and data from backup systems is being transferred to new servers.

“This issue prevented us from processing and releasing several reports last week, and unfortunately, it continues to affect our ability to release data this week,” EIA said in a release June 27. “We will continue to provide timely updates as we bring our systems back online and will share a schedule for our product releases as soon as possible.”

EIA has still been able to collect data throughout the outage and subsequent restoration. The agency has already started releasing reports that were scheduled for publication during the delay. The process requires quality checks to ensure data integrity after being transferred.

The Petroleum Supply Monthly, Natural Gas Monthly and Electric Power Monthly are expected to be published next week. The Monthly Energy Review, Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report and State Energy Data System were published June 30.

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