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Natural Gas Monthly

Data for May 2018  |  Release Date:   July 31, 2018  |  Next Release:   August 31, 2018   |  full report

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Table of Contentsall tables

Tables
1 Summary of natural gas supply and disposition in the United States, 2013-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
2 Natural gas consumption in the United States, 2013-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
3 Selected national average natural gas prices, 2013-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
4 U.S. natural gas imports, 2016-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
5 U.S. natural gas exports, 2016-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
6 Gross withdrawals of natural gas in selected states and the Federal Gulf of Mexico, 2013-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
7 Marketed production of natural gas in selected states and the Federal Gulf of Mexico, 2013-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
8 Underground natural gas storage – all operators, 2013-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
9 Underground natural gas storage by season, 2016-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
10 Underground natural gas storage – salt cavern storage fields, 2013-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
11 Underground natural gas storage – storage fields other than salt caverns, 2013-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
12 Net withdrawals from underground storage, by state, 2016-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
13 Activities of underground natural gas storage operators, by state, May 2018   PDF CSV  
14 Natural gas deliveries to residential consumers, by state, 2016-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
15 Natural gas deliveries to commercial consumers, by state, 2016-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
16 Natural gas deliveries to industrial consumers, by state, 2016-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
17 Natural gas deliveries to electric power consumers, by state, 2016-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
18 Natural gas deliveries to all consumers, by state, 2016-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
19 Average citygate price, by state, 2016-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
20 Average price of natural gas sold to residential consumers, by state, 2016-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
21 Average price of natural gas sold to commercial consumers, by state, 2016-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
22 Average price of natural gas sold to industrial consumers, by state, 2016-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
23 Average price of natural gas sold to electric power consumers, by state, 2016-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
24 Percentage of total deliveries included in residential, commercial, and industrial prices, by state, 2016-2018   PDF CSV  
25 Heating value of natural gas consumed, by state, 2016-2018 XLS PDF CSV  
Figures
1 Production, consumption, and net imports of natural gas in the United States, 2015-2018   PDF
2 Natural gas deliveries to consumers in the United States, 2015-2018   PDF
3 Average citygate and consumer price of natural gas in the United States, 2015-2018   PDF
4 Spot prices of natural gas and natural gas plant liquids in the United States, 2015-2018   PDF
5 Working gas in underground natural gas storage in the United States, 2015-2018   PDF
6 Percentage of total deliveries included in residential, commercial, and industrial price estimates, 2015-2018   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, May 2018   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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May 2018

  • In May 2018, for the 12th consecutive month, dry natural gas production increased year to year for the same month a year ago. The preliminary level for dry natural gas production in May 2018 was 2,491 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or 80.4 Bcf/day. This level was 8.6 Bcf/day (12.0%) higher than the May 2017 level of 71.8 Bcf/day. The average daily rate of dry natural gas production for May was the highest for any month since EIA began tracking monthly dry production in 1973.
  • The estimated natural gas consumption level in May 2018 was 2,044 Bcf, or 65.9 Bcf/day. This level was 7.8% (4.8 Bcf/day) higher than the 1,896 Bcf consumed in May 2017. Natural gas consumption for May was the highest level for the month since 2001, when EIA began using the current definitions for consuming sectors.
  • Year-over-year total consumption of dry natural gas in May 2018 decreased in two of the four consuming sectors but increased in the other two sectors. Deliveries of natural gas by consuming sector in May 2018 were:
    • Residential deliveries: 168 Bcf, or 5.4 Bcf/day, down 16.0% from 6.5 Bcf/day in May 2017. Residential deliveries were the lowest for the month since 2012.
    • Commercial deliveries: 162 Bcf, or 5.2 Bcf/day, down 9.5% from 5.8 Bcf/day in May 2017. Commercial deliveries were the lowest for the month since 2015.
    • Industrial deliveries: 658 Bcf, or 21.2 Bcf/day, up 5.3% from 20.2 Bcf/day in May 2017. Industrial deliveries were the highest for the month since EIA began using the current definitions for consuming sectors in 2001. May was the 13th month in a row that industrial deliveries set a new high for the given month.
    • Electric power deliveries: 851 Bcf, or 27.5 Bcf/day, up 20.5% from 22.8 Bcf/day in May 2017. Electric power deliveries were the highest for the month since 2001, when EIA began using the current definitions for consuming sectors.
  • Natural gas net imports (imports minus exports) were minus 43 Bcf, or minus 1.4 Bcf/day, in May 2018, making the United States a net exporter. Total imports were 7.4 Bcf/day, a decrease of 6.1% from the 7.9 Bcf/day in May 2017. Total exports were 8.8 Bcf/day, an increase of 7.5% from the 8.2 Bcf/day in May 2017. The increase in exports continues to be driven by liquefied natural gas (LNG). LNG exports in May 2018 were 55.7% higher than in May 2017. In May 2018, the United States exported 3.1 Bcf/day of LNG to 15 countries.

 

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