Frequently Asked Questions

How much natural gas is consumed (used) in the U.S.?

In 2012, the U.S. consumed approximately 25.46 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas in seven consumer end-uses.

  • Electric power generation: 9.14 Tcf (36%)
  • Industrial: 7.10 Tcf (28%)
  • Residential: 4.18 Tcf (16%)
  • Commercial: 2.90 Tcf (11%)
  • Lease and plant fuel consumption: 1.39 Tcf (5%)
  • Pipeline and distribution: 0.71 Tcf (3%)
  • Vehicle fuel: 0.03 Tcf (<1%)

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

Natural gas consumption by end use

Last updated: April 30, 2013


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