Frequently Asked Questions

How much natural gas is consumed in the United States?

In 2016, the United States consumed about 27.49 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas. This was equivalent to about 28.43 quadrillion British thermal units and about 29% of total U.S. primary energy consumption in 2016.

 

U.S. natural gas consumption by major end uses, 2016

End use

Amount (Tcf)

Share of total

Electric power generation

9.98

36%

Industrial

7.72

28%

Residential

4.35

16%

Commercial

3.11

11%

Lease and plant fuel consumption

1.59

6%

Pipeline and distribution

0.70

3%

Vehicle fuel

0.04

0.2%


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: October 4, 2017


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