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How much natural gas is consumed in the United States?

In 2018, the United States consumed about 29.96 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas.1

U.S. natural gas consumption by major end uses, 2018

End use

Amount (Tcf)

Share of total

Electric power generation

10.63

35%

Industrial

8.29

28%

Residential

4.97

17%

Commercial

3.48

12%

Lease and plant fuel consumption

1.75

6%

Pipeline and distribution

0.80

3%

Vehicle fuel

0.04

<1%

1 Preliminary data.

Learn more:
Natural gas consumption by end use
Definitions of natural gas end uses
Energy Explained: U.S. Energy Facts: Consumption and Production
Energy Explained: Use of Natural Gas

Last updated: June 3, 2019


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