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How much natural gas is consumed in the United States?

In 2021, the United States consumed about 30.28 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas.

U.S. natural gas consumption by sector, 2021
SectorAmount (Tcf)Share of total
Electric power11.2737%
Industrial (total)10.0433%
Lease and plant fuel consumption1.856%
Combined heat and power (CHP)1.354%
All other (non-CHP)6.8523%
Residential4.6515%
Commercial3.2611%
Transportation (total)1.053%
Pipeline and distribution1.003%
Vehicle fuel0.05<1%

Learn more:
Monthly Energy Review, Table 4.3: Natural Gas Consumption by Sector
U.S. natural gas flow (diagram)
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: May 11, 2022, with preliminary data for 2021 from the Monthly Energy Review, April 2022.


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