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Table 6.8 Natural Gas Prices by Sector, 1967-2011 (Dollars per Thousand Cubic Feet, Except as Noted)
Table 6.8  Natural Gas Prices by Sector, 1967-2011
                     (Dollars per Thousand Cubic Feet, Except as Noted)




Year
Residential Sector Commercial Sector 1 Industrial Sector 2 Transportation Sector Electric Power Sector 3
Prices Percentage
of
Sector 7
Prices Percentage
of
Sector 7
Prices Percentage
of
Sector 7
Vehicle Fuel 4 Prices Prices  Percentage
of
Sector 7,8
Nominal 5 Real 6 Nominal 5 Real 6 Nominal 5 Real 6 Nominal 5 Real 6 Nominal 5 Real 6
1967 1.04 R 4.92 NA 0.74 3.50 NA 0.34 1.61 NA NA NA 0.28 R 1.32 NA
1968 1.04 4.72 NA .73 R 3.31 NA .34 1.54 NA NA NA .22 1.00 NA
1969 1.05 R 4.54 NA .74 3.20 NA .35 R 1.51 NA NA NA .27 1.17 NA
1970 1.09 4.48 NA .77 R 3.16 NA .37 1.52 NA NA NA .29 1.19 NA
1971 1.15 4.50 NA .82 3.21 NA .41 R 1.60 NA NA NA .32 1.25 NA
1972 1.21 4.54 NA .88 3.30 NA .45 1.69 NA NA NA .34 1.28 NA
1973 1.29 R 4.58 NA .94 3.34 NA .50 1.78 NA NA NA .38 1.35 92.1
1974 1.43 4.66 NA 1.07 3.49 NA .67 2.18 NA NA NA .51 1.66 92.7
1975 1.71 5.09 NA 1.35 4.02 NA .96 2.86 NA NA NA .77 2.29 96.1
1976 1.98 R 5.57 NA 1.64 4.62 NA 1.24 3.49 NA NA NA 1.06 R 2.98 96.2
1977 2.35 R 6.22 NA 2.04 5.40 NA 1.50 3.97 NA NA NA 1.32 R 3.49 97.1
1978 2.56 R 6.33 NA 2.23 5.52 NA 1.70 R 4.20 NA NA NA 1.48 3.66 98.0
1979 2.98 R 6.80 NA 2.73 R 6.23 NA 1.99 R 4.54 NA NA NA 1.81 R 4.13 96.1
1980 3.68 R 7.70 NA 3.39 R 7.09 NA 2.56 5.36 NA NA NA 2.27 4.75 96.9
1981 4.29 8.21 NA 4.00 R 7.65 NA 3.14 6.01 NA NA NA 2.89 5.53 97.6
1982 5.17 R 9.32 NA 4.82 R 8.69 NA 3.87 6.98 85.1 NA NA 3.48 R 6.27 92.6
1983 6.06 R 10.51 NA 5.59 9.70 NA 4.18 R 7.25 80.7 NA NA 3.58 6.21 93.9
1984 6.12 R 10.23 NA 5.55 R 9.28 NA 4.22 R 7.05 74.7 NA NA 3.70 6.19 94.4
1985 6.12 R 9.93 NA 5.50 R 8.92 NA 3.95 6.41 68.8 NA NA 3.55 R 5.76 94.0
1986 5.83 9.26 NA 5.08 R 8.06 NA 3.23 5.13 59.8 NA NA 2.43 3.86 91.7
1987 5.54 8.55 NA 4.77 R 7.36 93.1 2.94 4.54 47.4 NA NA 2.32 3.58 91.6
1988 5.47 R 8.16 NA 4.63 6.91 90.7 2.95 4.40 42.6 NA NA 2.33 3.48 89.6
1989 5.64 8.11 99.9 4.74 R 6.81 89.1 2.96 R 4.25 36.9 4.17 R 5.99 2.43 R 3.49 79.6
1990 5.80 8.03 99.2 4.83 R 6.68 86.6 2.93 R 4.05 35.2 3.39 R 4.69 2.38 R 3.29 76.8
1991 5.82 7.78 99.2 4.81 6.43 85.1 2.69 3.60 32.7 3.96 R 5.29 2.18 R 2.91 79.3
1992 5.89 R 7.69 99.1 4.88 R 6.37 83.2 2.84 3.71 30.3 4.05 5.29 2.36 3.08 76.5
1993 6.16 7.87 99.1 5.22 6.67 83.9 3.07 3.92 29.7 4.27 R 5.45 2.61 R 3.33 74.1
1994 6.41 R 8.02 99.1 5.44 6.81 79.3 3.05 3.82 25.5 4.11 R 5.14 2.28 2.85 73.4
1995 6.06 7.43 99.0 5.05 6.19 76.7 2.71 3.32 24.5 3.98 4.88 2.02 2.48 71.4
1996 6.34 R 7.62 99.0 5.40 R 6.49 77.6 3.42 R 4.11 19.4 4.34 5.22 2.69 R 3.23 68.4
1997 6.94 R 8.20 98.8 5.80 R 6.85 70.8 3.59 R 4.24 18.1 4.44 5.25 2.78 R 3.28 68.0
1998 6.82 R 7.97 97.7 5.48 R 6.40 67.0 3.14 3.67 16.1 4.59 R 5.36 2.40 R 2.80 63.7
1999 6.69 R 7.70 95.2 5.33 6.14 66.1 3.12 R 3.59 18.8 4.34 5.00 2.62 3.02 58.3
2000 7.76 8.75 92.6 6.59 7.43 63.9 4.45 5.02 19.8 5.54 R 6.24 4.38 4.94 50.5
2001 9.63 R 10.61 92.4 8.43 R 9.29 66.0 5.24 5.78 20.8 6.60 R 7.27 4.61 R 5.08 40.2
2002 7.89 R 8.56 97.9 6.63 R 7.19 77.4 4.02 4.36 22.7 5.10 R 5.53 3 3.68 3 3.99 3 83.9
2003 9.63 10.23 97.5 8.40 R 8.92 78.2 5.89 6.26 22.1 6.19 R 6.57 5.57 5.92 91.2
2004 10.75 11.11 97.7 9.43 9.74 78.0 6.53 6.75 R 23.6 7.16 7.40 6.11 6.31 89.8
2005 12.70 12.70 R 98.1 11.34 11.34 82.1 8.56 8.56 R 24.0 9.14 9.14 8.47 8.47 91.3
2006 13.73 13.30 98.1 12.00 11.62 80.8 7.87 7.62 23.4 8.72 8.45 7.11 6.89 93.4
2007 13.08 12.31 98.0 11.34 R 10.68 80.4 7.68 7.23 22.2 8.50 R 8.01 7.31 6.88 92.2
2008 13.89 12.79 97.5 12.23 11.26 79.9 9.65 R 8.89 20.5 11.75 10.82 9.26 8.53 101.1
2009 12.14 R 11.06 97.4 10.06 R 9.17 77.8 5.33 4.86 18.8 8.13 7.41 4.93 R 4.49 101.1
2010 R 11.39 R 10.26 R 97.4 R 9.47 R 8.53 R 77.5 R 5.49 R 4.95 R 18.0 R 6.25 R 5.63 R 5.27 4.75 R 100.8
2011P 10.80 9.53 95.7 8.86 7.82 62.3 5.02 4.43 16.0 NA NA 4.87 4.30 101.2
1Commercial sector, including commercial combined-heat-and-power (CHP) and commercial
electricity-only plants.
7The percentage of the sector's consumption in Table 6.5 for which price data are available.
2Industrial sector, including industrial combined-heat-and-power (CHP) and industrial electricity-only
plants.
8Percentages exceed 100 percent when reported natural gas receipts are greater than reported natural
gas consumption-this can occur when combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plants report fuel receipts related
to non-electric generating activities.
3Electricity-only and combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plants within the NAICS 22 category whose
primary business is to sell electricity, or electricity and heat, to the public.  Through 2001, data are for
electric utilities only; beginning in 2002, data are for electric utilities and independent power producers.  See
Note 5, "Coverage of Electric Power Sector Natural Gas Prices," at end of section.
R=Revised.  P=Preliminary.  NA=Not available.  
4Much of the natural gas delivered for vehicle fuel represents deliveries to fueling stations that are used
primarily or exclusively by fleet vehicles.  Thus, the prices are often those associated with the cost of gas in
the operation of fleet vehicles.
Notes:  -  Prices are for natural gas, plus a small amount of supplemental gaseous fuels.  -  The average
for each end-use sector is calculated by dividing the total value of the natural gas consumed by each sector
by the total quantity consumed.  -  Prices are intended to include all taxes.  -  See Note 2, "Classification of
Power Plants Into Energy-Use Sectors," at end of Section 8.
5See "Nominal Dollars" in Glossary. Web Pages:  -  See http://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/monthly/#prices for updated monthly and annual
data.  -  See http://www.eia.gov/naturalgas/ for related information.
6In chained (2005) dollars, calculated by using gross domestic product implicit price deflators in Table
D1.  See "Chained Dollars" in Glossary.
Sources:  Residential Percentage of Sector:  -  1989-2006-U.S. Energy Information Administration
(EIA), Form EIA-176, "Annual Report of Natural and Supplemental Gas Supply and Disposition."
-  2007 forward-EIA, Natural Gas Monthly (NGM) (March 2012), Table 3.  Vehicle Fuel:  EIA, Natural Gas
Annual (NGA), annual reports.    Electric Power Percentage of Sector:  -  1973-2001-Calculated by EIA
as the quantity of natural gas receipts by electric utilities reported on Form FERC-423, "Monthly Report of
Cost and Quantity of Fuels for Electric Utility Plants" (and predecessor forms), divided by the quantity of
natural gas consumed by the electric power sector (for 1973-1988, see Table 8.5b; for 1989-2001, see
Table 8.7b).  -  2002-2007-Calculated by EIA as the quantity of natural gas receipts by electric utilities and
independent power producers reported on Forms FERC-423, "Monthly Report of Cost and Quantity of
Fuels for Electric Utility Plants," and EIA-423, "Monthly Cost and Quality of Fuels for Electric Plants Report,"
divided by the quantity of natural gas consumed by the electric power sector (see Table 8.7b).  -  2008
forward-Calculated by EIA as the quantity of natural gas receipts by electric utilities and independent
power producers reported on Form EIA-923, "Power Plant Operations Report," divided by the quantity of
natural gas consumed by the electric power sector (see Table 8.7b).  All Other Data:  -  1967-2006-EIA,
NGA, annual reports.  -  2007 forward-EIA, NGM (March 2012), Table 3.
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