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Natural Gas Monthly

Data for March 2021  |  Release Date:   May 28, 2021  |   Next Release:   June 30, 2021   |  full report

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Tables
1 Summary of natural gas supply and disposition in the United States, 2016-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
2 Natural Gas Consumption in the United States, 2016-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
3 Selected national average natural gas prices, 2016-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
4 U.S. natural gas imports, 2019-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
5 U.S. natural gas exports, 2019-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
6 Gross withdrawals of natural gas in selected states and the Federal Gulf of Mexico, 2016-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
7 Marketed production of natural gas in selected states and the Federal Gulf of Mexico, 2016-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
8 Underground natural gas storage – all operators, 2016-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
9 Underground natural gas storage by season, 2019-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
10 Underground natural gas storage – salt cavern storage fields, 2016-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
11 Underground natural gas storage – storage fields other than salt caverns, 2016-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
12 Net withdrawals from underground storage, by state, 2019-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
13 Activities of underground natural gas storage operators, by state, March 2021   PDF CSV  
14 Natural gas deliveries to residential consumers, by state, 2019-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
15 Natural gas deliveries to commercial consumers, by state, 2019-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
16 Natural gas deliveries to industrial consumers, by state, 2019-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
17 Natural gas deliveries to electric power consumers, by state, 2019-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
18 Natural gas deliveries to all consumers, by state, 2019-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
19 Average citygate price, by state, 2019-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
20 Average price of natural gas sold to residential consumers, by state, 2019-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
21 Average price of natural gas sold to commercial consumers, by state, 2019-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
22 Average price of natural gas sold to industrial consumers, by state, 2019-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
23 Average price of natural gas sold to electric power consumers, by state, 2019-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
24 Percentage of total deliveries included in residential, commercial, and industrial prices, by state, 2019-2021   PDF CSV  
25 Heating value of natural gas consumed, by state, 2019-2021 XLS PDF CSV  
Figures
1 Production, consumption, and net imports of natural gas in the United States, 2018-2021   PDF
2 Natural gas deliveries to consumers in the United States, 2018-2021   PDF
3 Average citygate and consumer price of natural gas in the United States, 2018-2021   PDF
4 Spot prices of natural gas and natural gas plant liquids in the United States, 2018-2021   PDF
5 Working gas in underground natural gas storage in the United States, 2018-2021   PDF
6 Percentage of total deliveries included in residential, commercial, and industrial price estimates, 2018-2021   PDF
Appendices
A Explanatory notes   PDF
A1 Methodology for most recent monthly natural gas supply and disposition data of Tables 1 and 2   PDF
B Data sources   PDF
C Statistical considerations   PDF
C1 Standard error for natural gas deliveries and price to consumers by state, March 2021   PDF CSV
Natural Gas Monthly Glossary   PDF
  Common abbreviations used in the Natural Gas Monthly   PDF
Volume Comparison
A volume comparison of residential and commercial consumption calculated with two methodologies.

Natural Gas Monthly Contacts

Highlights




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March 2021

  • In March 2021, for the 11th consecutive month, dry natural gas production decreased year over year for the month. The preliminary level for dry natural gas production in March 2021 was 2,863 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or 92.4 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d). This level was 2.2 Bcf/d (-2.3%) lower than the March 2020 level of 94.5 Bcf/d. Despite this year-over-year decrease, the average daily rate of dry production was the second highest for the month since EIA began tracking monthly dry production in 1973. Gross withdrawals and marketed production of natural gas in March 2021 were as follows:
    • Gross withdrawals: 3,493 Bcf for the month, or 112.7 Bcf/d
      • Down 1.9% compared with 114.9 Bcf/d in March 2020.
    • Marketed production: 3,092 Bcf for the month, or 99.7 Bcf/d
    • • Down 2.3% compared with 102.1 Bcf/d in March 2020. Despite this nationwide year-over-year decrease in production, New Mexico (6.0 Bcf/d) saw its highest marketed production for any month since we began tracking its monthly marketed production in 1989.
  • Estimated natural gas consumption in March 2021 was 2,608 Bcf, or 84.1 Bcf/d. This level was 3.2 Bcf/d (-3.7%) lower than the 87.4 Bcf/d consumed in March 2020. Natural gas consumption was the lowest for the month since we began using the current definitions for consuming sectors in 2001.
  • The year-over-year average daily rate of consumption of dry natural gas in March 2021 increased in two of the four consuming sectors and decreased in the other two. Deliveries of natural gas by consuming sector in March 2021 were as follows:
    • Residential deliveries: 567 Bcf for the month, or 18.3 Bcf/d
      • Up 8.0% compared with 16.9 Bcf/d in March 2020.
    • Commercial deliveries: 353 Bcf for the month, or 11.4 Bcf/d
    • • Up 4.7% compared with 10.9 Bcf/d in March 2020.
    • Industrial deliveries: 703 Bcf for the month, or 22.7 Bcf/d
    • • Down 2.4% compared with 23.2 Bcf/d in March 2020. Industrial deliveries were the lowest for the month since 2017.
    • Electric power deliveries: 744 Bcf for the month, or 24.0 Bcf/d
    • • Down 15.4% compared with 28.4 Bcf/d in March 2020. Electric power deliveries were the lowest for the month since 2017.
  • After last month saw record highs for some states’ natural gas prices, especially citygate, electric power, and export prices, prices for March 2021 stabilized in most areas.
    • The citygate price for the United States decreased from $12.43 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in February 2021 to $4.09 per Mcf in March—a 67.1% decline. After reporting record highs in February, Kansas and Oklahoma saw their citygate prices drop 83.8% and 93.6%, respectively, in March.
    • The electric power price for the United States decreased from $16.29 per Mcf in February 2021 to $3.41 per Mcf in March—a 79.1% decline. After reporting record highs in February, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Texas each saw their citygate prices drop between 83% and 95% in March.
    • The price of U.S. natural gas exports decreased from $12.64 per Mcf in February 2021 to $4.70 per Mcf in March—a 62.8% decline. After reporting a record high in February, the price of natural gas pipeline exports to Mexico dropped from $29.96 per Mcf in February to $2.93 per Mcf in March, a decrease of 90.2%.
  • Net natural gas imports (imports minus exports) were -356 Bcf, or -11.5 Bcf/d, in March 2021, making the United States a net natural gas exporter. Net imports were the lowest for any month since we began tracking imports and exports in 1973. Natural gas imports and exports in March 2021 were as follows:
    • Total imports: 235 Bcf for the month, or 7.6 Bcf/d
      • Up 10.3% compared with 6.9 Bcf/d in March 2020.
    • Total exports: 591 Bcf for the month, or 19.1 Bcf/d
      • Up 18.9% compared with 16.0 Bcf/d in March 2020. The average daily rate of natural gas exports was the highest for any month since we began tracking monthly exports in 1973. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports in March 2021 were up 30.3% compared with March 2020. The average daily rate of LNG exports was also the highest for any month since we began tracking LNG in 1997. In March 2021, the United States exported 10.3 Bcf/d of LNG to 31 countries.

 

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