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How much natural gas is consumed (used) in the United States?

In 2013, the United States consumed approximately 26.03 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas. Natural gas consumption by the seven major types of end use, and their respective share of U.S. natural gas consumption were:

  • Electric power generation: 8.15 Tcf (31%)
  • Industrial: 7.46 Tcf (29%)
  • Residential: 4.94 Tcf (19%)
  • Commercial: 3.29 Tcf (13%)
  • Lease and plant fuel consumption: 1.41 Tcf (5%)
  • Pipeline and distribution: 0.74 Tcf (3%)
  • Vehicle fuel: 0.03 Tcf (<1%)

Note: Total U.S. consumption does not equal the sum of consumer end-uses due to rounding.

Natural gas consumption by end use

Definitions of end-use sectors

Last updated: May 30, 2014


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